Evasion is the act of physically escaping from something, like your evasion of your ex-girlfriend at the prom — you kept dancing. Now that's fancy footwork.

Evasion also means "dodging something you are supposed to do" like your evasion of your chores by pretending to be sick. Evasion can also mean "the deliberate act of failing to pay money," like tax evasion, not paying your taxes. Though evasion comes from the Latin word evadere, "to escape," if you owe the government money, you'll surely be caught eventually.

Definitions of evasion
  1. noun
    the act of physically escaping from something (an opponent or a pursuer or an unpleasant situation) by some adroit maneuver
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    eluding, elusion, slip
    the act of avoiding capture (especially by cunning)
    evasive action, maneuver, manoeuvre
    an action aimed at evading an opponent
    a quick evasive movement
    (boxing) the act of one boxer holding onto the other to avoid being hit and to rest momentarily
    airplane maneuver, flight maneuver
    a maneuver executed by an aircraft
    (American football) the act of warding off a tackler by holding the arm fully extended with the hand against the opponent
    type of:
    escape, flight
    the act of escaping physically
  2. noun
    nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do
    “his evasion of his clear duty was reprehensible”
    synonyms: dodging, escape
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    escape mechanism
    a form of behavior that evades unpleasant realities
    malingering, skulking
    evading duty or work by pretending to be incapacitated
    goldbricking, goofing off, shirking, slacking, soldiering
    the evasion of work or duty
    the act of evading by going around
    type of:
    carelessness, neglect, negligence, nonperformance
    failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances
  3. noun
    a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth
    synonyms: equivocation
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    circumlocution, indirect expression
    an indirect way of expressing something
    any language that pretends to communicate but actually does not
    hedge, hedging
    an intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement
    cavil, quibble, quiddity
    an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
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    deceit, deception, misrepresentation
    a misleading falsehood
  4. noun
    the deliberate act of failing to pay money
    “his evasion of all his creditors”
    synonyms: nonpayment
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    defrayal, defrayment, payment
    the act of paying money
    tax evasion
    the deliberate failure to pay taxes (usually by making a false report)
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    commerce, commercialism, mercantilism
    transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)
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