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 Dictionary entry overview: What does evasive mean? 

EVASIVE (adjective)
  The adjective EVASIVE has 3 senses:

1. deliberately vague or ambiguous
2. avoiding or escaping from difficulty or danger especially enemy fire
3. skillful at eluding capture

  Familiarity information: EVASIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

EVASIVE (adjective)

Sense 1evasive [BACK TO TOP]


Deliberately vague or ambiguous

Context examples:

his answers were brief, constrained and evasive / an evasive statement


ambiguous; equivocal (open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead)

Sense 2evasive [BACK TO TOP]


Avoiding or escaping from difficulty or danger especially enemy fire

Context example:

pilots are taught to take evasive action


protective (intended or adapted to afford protection of some kind)

Sense 3evasive [BACK TO TOP]


Skillful at eluding capture


elusive; evasive

Context example:

a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist


artful (marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft)

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