avoid, avert, evade
Avoid and evade overlap in meaning, but evade has a stronger sense of guile or trickery in escaping from an obligation (such as paying income tax). Avert means ‘to turn aside’ (which is its literal meaning in averting one's gaze, etc.), and so ‘to take action to prevent (something unwelcome, such as danger)’. Examples:

• Measles vaccine should be avoided by children who are receiving steroids —D. J. Rapp, 1970

• These rules could be evaded, but their evasion was preferable to a reign of snoopery and an encouragement of informers —A. Paton, 1981

• If governments act…it will be possible to curb man-made emissions of greenhouse gases over the coming decades, and so avert the worst predictions of climate scientists —Independent, 2007.

There is a corresponding difference in meaning between the nouns avoidance and evasion.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Evade — E*vade , v. t. 1. To escape; to slip away; sometimes with from. Evading from perils. Bacon. [1913 Webster] Unarmed they might Have easily, as spirits evaded swift By quick contraction or remove. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To attempt to escape; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • evade — 1510s, escape, from M.Fr. evader, from L. evadere to escape, get away, from ex away (see EX (Cf. ex )) + vadere to go, walk (see VAMOOSE (Cf. vamoose)). Related: Evaded; evading. Special sense of esc …   Etymology dictionary

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