What does the word evasion mean?

Usage examples for evasion

  1. As his eye fell upon the lithe, vigorous figure coming toward him, he recognised the fact that evasion was no longer possible. – A Venetian June by Anna Fuller
  2. This, however, the Count was by no means disposed to do; on the contrary, he went round the compass of evasion in order to avoid a direct answer. – History of Modern Europe 1792-1878 by C. A. Fyffe