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.

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  • evasion — eva·sion /i vā zhən/ n 1: a means of evading 2: the act or an instance of evading see also tax evasion Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • evasion — early 15c., from M.Fr. évasion and directly from L.L. evasionem (nom. evasio) a going out, from pp. stem of L. evadere to escape (see EVADE (Cf. evade)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • evasion — Evasion. s. f. v. Action par laquelle on s evade. Il se sauva habilement des prisons, & aprés son evasion il se retira en lieu de seureté …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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