January 05, 2012
evasive (adjective)
\ih-VAY-siv\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: tending or meant to evade : hard to find, capture, or isolate
How do you use it?
Faced with some difficult questions, she responded with evasive answers.
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Which word do you think is from the same family as "evasive"?

"Evasive" and "invade" both trace to the Latin word "vadere" meaning "to go, walk." Words related to "vadere" tend to have something to do with going somewhere. "Evasive" and its close relative "evade" ("to get away from or avoid by skill or trickery" and "to escape the understanding of") trace to the Latin verb "evadere" which comes from "vadere" and means "evade." "Invade" traces to the Latin word "invadere," which also comes from "vadere" and means "invade." Other members of the "vadere" family include "pervade," meaning "to spread through all parts of," and "vamoose," meaning "to go quickly."
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