Meaning of evasion


Evasion is the act of physically escaping from something, like your evasion of your ex-girlfriend at the prom — you kept dancing. Now that’s fancy footwork.

Evasion also means “dodging something you are supposed to do” like your evasion of your chores by pretending to be sick. Evasion can also mean “the deliberate act of failing to pay money,” like tax evasion, not paying your taxes. Though evasion comes from the Latin word evadere, “to escape,” if you owe the government money, you’ll surely be caught eventually.

Definitions of evasion
  1. noun

    the act of physically escaping from something (an opponent or a pursuer or an unpleasant situation) by some adroit maneuver

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    eluding, elusion, slip

    the act of avoiding capture (especially by cunning)
    evasive action, maneuver, manoeuvre

    an action aimed at evading an opponent

    a quick evasive movement

    (boxing) the act of one boxer holding onto the other to avoid being hit and to rest momentarily
    airplane maneuver, flight maneuver

    a maneuver executed by an aircraft

    (American football) the act of warding off a tackler by holding the arm fully extended with the hand against the opponent
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    escape, flight

    the act of escaping physically

  2. noun

    nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do

    evasion of his clear duty was reprehensible”

    dodging, escape

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    escape mechanism

    a form of behavior that evades unpleasant realities
    malingering, skulking

    evading duty or work by pretending to be incapacitated
    goldbricking, goofing off, shirking, slacking, soldiering

    the evasion of work or duty

    the act of evading by going around
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    carelessness, neglect, negligence, nonperformance

    failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances

  3. noun

    a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth



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    circumlocution, indirect expression

    an indirect way of expressing something

    any language that pretends to communicate but actually does not
    hedge, hedging

    an intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement
    cavil, quibble, quiddity

    an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
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    deceit, deception, misrepresentation

    a misleading falsehood

  4. noun

    the deliberate act of failing to pay money

    evasion of all his creditors”


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    defrayal, defrayment, payment

    the act of paying money

    tax evasion

    the deliberate failure to pay taxes (usually by making a false report)
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    commerce, commercialism, mercantilism

    transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)

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