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1 avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully" [syn: hedge, fudge, put off, circumvent, parry, elude, skirt, dodge, duck, sidestep]
2 escape, either physically or mentally; "The thief eluded the police"; "This difficult idea seems to evade her"; "The event evades explanation" [syn: elude, bilk]
3 practice evasion; "This man always hesitates and evades"
4 use cleverness or deceit to escape or avoid; "The con mane always evades"

User Contributed Dictionary



From Latin evadere, evasum, e + vadere: compare French s'évader. See wade



  1. To get away from by artifice; to avoid by dexterity, subterfuge, address, or ingenuity; to elude; to escape from cleverly; as, to evade a blow, a pursuer, a punishment; to evade the force of an argument.
    The heathen had a method, more truly their own, of evading the Christian miracles. — Trench.
  2. To escape; to slip away; — sometimes with from.
    Evading from perils. — Bacon.
    Unarmed they might / Have easily, as spirits evaded swift / By quick contraction or remove. — Milton.
  3. To attempt to escape; to practice artifice or sophistry, for the purpose of eluding.
    ''The ministers of God are not to evade and take refuge any of these ... ways. — South.


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Extensive Definition

Evasion is the act of avoiding something.
It may refer to:
evade in German: Evasion

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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