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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.

Thus he, though conscious of the ethereal guest, Answered evasive of the sly request.

Stammered out a few evasive phrases.
--Macaulay. -- E*va"sive*ly, adv. -- E*va"sive*ness, n.


adv. in an evasive manner


adv. with evasion; in an evasive manner; "her husband seemed to know many of the people who were named, but he replied evasively when asked who they were"

Usage examples of "evasively".

The wolf pack spread quickly apart, the ships weaving and swaying evasively while they kept the general shape of the formation.

Pen had attempted to draw from Owen some idea of how he intended to ask his questions in High Wycombe, but he had answered evasively.

All those questioned answer evasively, but this much is certain: a young person sees his father differently with the naked eye and with an eye that takes aim through miracle glasses: the miracle glasses show youthful wearers varied images of their parents' past, often, though it takes a little patience, in chronological sequence.

Quigly's eyes, small and deepset in folds of flesh that not even the cosmetic surgeons had been able to remove, shifted evasively.

I replied evasively, not caring to pick a quarrel, and yet morally sure that he was prevaricating.