evasion, evasiveness
Evasiveness is the quality a person has of being evasive, whereas evasion is the process or result of this quality, or an instance of it:

• He has been in the trenches too long not to be a master at mixing sincerity with evasiveness —Rolling Stone, 1977

• Their failure to take any action to put a stop to the racism on this show is an evasion of their responsibilities —Mirror, 2007.

Evasion has a special meaning in relation to legal obligations, and differs from avoidance in denoting illegality:

• He'd been had up for offering bribes to council employees: the whole story had been ridiculous, tales of…call girls and twenty-pound notes, of tax evasion and porno-movies —Margaret Drabble, 1977.

See also avoid.

Modern English usage. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • evasiveness — e*va siv*eness ([ e]*v[=a] s[i^]v*n[e^]s), n. Deliberate vagueness or ambiguity; failing to answer a question while trying to seem as though one is answering. Syn: equivocation. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • evasiveness — index privacy Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • evasiveness — evasive ► ADJECTIVE 1) tending to avoid commitment or self revelation. 2) directed towards avoidance or escape: evasive action. DERIVATIVES evasively adverb evasiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • Evasiveness — evasive e*va sive ([ e]*v[=a] s[i^]v), a. [Cf. F. [ e]vasif. See {Evade}.] Tending to evade, or marked by evasion; elusive; shuffling; avoiding by artifice. [1913 Webster] Thus he, though conscious of the ethereal guest, Answered evasive of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • evasiveness — noun see evasive …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • evasiveness — See evasively. * * * …   Universalium

  • evasiveness — noun The quality of being evasive …   Wiktionary

  • evasiveness — e va·sive·ness || nɪs n. quality of being evasive, tendency to shirk or avoid …   English contemporary dictionary

  • evasiveness — eva·sive·ness …   English syllables

  • evasiveness — See: evasive …   English dictionary

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