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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Evasive  \E*va"sive\,  a.  [Cf.  F.  ['e]vasif.  See  {Evade}.] 
  Tending  to  evade,  or  marked  by  evasion;  elusive;  shuffling; 
  avoiding  by  artifice. 
 
  Thus  he  though  conscious  of  the  ethereal  guest, 
  Answered  evasive  of  the  sly  request.  --Pope. 
 
  Stammered  out  a  few  evasive  phrases.  --Macaulay. 
  --  {E*va"sive*ly},  adv  --  {E*va"sive*ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  evasive 
  adj  1:  deliberately  vague  or  ambiguous;  "his  answers  were  brief, 
  constrained  and  evasive";  "an  evasive  statement" 
  2:  avoiding  or  escaping  from  difficulty  or  danger  especially 
  enemy  fire;  "pilots  are  taught  to  take  evasive  action" 
  3:  skillful  at  eluding  capture;  "a  cabal  of  conspirators,  each 
  more  elusive  than  the  archterrorist"-  David  Kline  [syn:  {elusive}] 




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