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Evasiveness   Listen
evasiveness  n.  Deliberate vagueness or ambiguity; failing to answer a question while trying to seem as though one is answering.
Synonyms: equivocation.

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"Evasiveness" Quotes from Famous Books

... the native, original man, the real critter, as Whitman loved to say, that underlies all our culture and conventions, crops out so little in manners, in literature, and in social usages. The fear of being unconventional is greater with us than the fear of death. A certain evasiveness, polish, distrust of ourselves, amounting to insipidity and insincerity, is spoken of by observant foreigners. In other words, we are perhaps the least like children of any people in the world. All these things ...
— Whitman - A Study • John Burroughs

... with her superficial efforts. It was very curious that we, as well as others, were able to note her apparent sincere belief in her own statements about her family. As she made them she looked the interviewer straight in the eyes; there was not a hint of evasiveness. ...
— Pathology of Lying, Etc. • William and Mary Healy

... literature exist the volume of prose will survive. It has for the gourmet of style an unending charm, the charm en sourdine of its creator, to whom a falling leaf or an empire in dissolution was of equal value. "His work," wrote Mr. Symons, "has the fatal evasiveness of those who shrink from remembering the one thing which they are unable to forget. Coming as he does after Rimbaud, turning the divination of the other into theories, into achieved results, he is the eternally grown-up nature to the point of self-negation, as the other is the eternal ...
— Ivory Apes and Peacocks • James Huneker

... 6th:—Today, patient gave in a coherent and relevant manner his past history. He talked freely, and all evidence of suspiciousness or evasiveness was absent. Upon examination he was found to be perfectly oriented in all spheres; free from delusions and hallucinations, and possessing quite a degree of insight into his recent mental disorder. While ...
— Studies in Forensic Psychiatry • Bernard Glueck

Words linked to "Evasiveness" :   evasive, untruthfulness, equivocalness, prevarication

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