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evasive answer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n evasive answer (law) an answer by a defendant that fails to admit or deny the allegations set forth in the complaint
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Usage

In literature:

To all her eager questionings as to their future life, where and how it was to be passed, he would only answer vaguely or evasively.
"Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) A Man Of Our Day" by Charles James Lever
The answer, apart from such evasions as "You were entering port," was that West was the name of the helmsman.
"The Bonadventure" by Edmund Blunden
Not only Mrs. Potten's emotional superficies but her core of flint feared the emphatic answer, and yearned for an evasive one.
"The New Warden" by Mrs. David G. Ritchie
Now and then she asked questions about his home and "Cassandry," which he answered evasively.
"The Mountain Girl" by Payne Erskine
He answered evasively: he must first be sure of what we could accomplish in the war.
"The Scarlet Banner" by Felix Dahn
Deputations waited on the King to lay before him the progress of the insurrection, but he still gave evasive and unsatisfactory answers.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 14" by Various
Both her answer and demeanour were too evasive to deceive me.
"The Intriguers" by William Le Queux
He gave an evasive answer.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
To his questions I returned answers mendacious and evasive.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
He had been received in a most friendly manner, but if asked how he had spent his holidays, he turned pale and answered evasively.
"Klytia" by George Taylor
I am quite satisfied with thine evasive answers.
"The Laughing Cavalier" by Baroness Orczy
You did not dare to tell me that I had not done well, and you gave me an evasive answer.
"Maximina" by Armando Palacio Valdés
So there are no roundabout questions for you to ask or evasive answers for you to hear.
"The Nest, The White Pagoda, The Suicide, A Forsaken Temple, Miss Jones and The Masterpiece" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
We requested permission to see the English consul, but received an evasive answer.
"The Story of a Strange Career" by Anonymous
His answers to the questions I put to him were either evasive or monosyllabic.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer
With neither boast nor evasion, the old man answered them.
"The Tempering" by Charles Neville Buck
He made no attempt to seek out Patsie, putting off Miss Hunter too with evasive answers.
"Making Money" by Owen Johnson
You answered by evasion.
"The Undying Past" by Hermann Sudermann
Mrs. Joyce politely asked Victor what he had been doing, but his answers were evasive.
"Victor Ollnee's Discipline" by Hamlin Garland
She answers, not in a womanly, straightforward way, but with an evasion.
"The Three Heron's Feathers" by Hermann Sudermann
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In poetry:

"'My friends,' he said,
'Are here among my comrades in the camp.'
That made a mystery and I questioned him:
He gave no answer--or evasive ones--
Seeming to shrink from question, and to wrap
Himself within himself and live within.
"Pauline - Part I - The Captain's Story" by Hanford Lennox Gordon

In news:

Bonds, accused of giving an evasive answer during his 2003 appearance before the BALCO grand jury, told reporters this weekend that he was never convicted of actually using steroids .
Memo Sends Evasive Mixed Messages and Raises More Questions than It Answers.
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In science:

Randomized response: A survey technique for eliminating evasive answer bias.
Negative Surveys
Some of them admitted that in this situation they had given the nonincriminating answer instead. A recent topic of investigation in the field of randomized response is the estimation of evasive response bias.
Accounting for self-protective responses in randomized response data from a social security survey using the zero-inflated Poisson model
The term self-protection (SP) was introduced by B¨ockenholt and van der Heijden (2004, 2007) to describe the responses by respondents who consistently give the evasive answer, without taking the outcome of the randomizing device into account.
Accounting for self-protective responses in randomized response data from a social security survey using the zero-inflated Poisson model
Randomized response: a survey technique for eliminating evasive answer bias.
Randomization Resilient To Sensitive Reconstruction
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