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 sly request. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Stammered out a few evasive phrases. --Macaulay. -- {E*va"sive*ly}, adv. -- {E*va"sive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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