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evasion

 [e-va´zhun]
in psychiatry, suppression of an idea that comes next in a thought sequence and substitution of a closely related idea. It is a form of paralogia.

e·va·sion

(ē-vā'zhŭn),
The act of escaping, avoiding, or feigning.
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He had never before been convicted of a lie, and all the resources of evasion failed him.
In trickery, evasion, procrastination, spoliation, botheration, under false pretences of all sorts, there are influences that can never come to good.
It was equally repugnant to her to accept the evasion offered by this delicate deception.
He would make this appalling viscus beat and throb before the shrinking journalists--no uncle with a big watch and a little ever baby ever harped upon it so relentlessly; whatever evasion they attempted he set aside.
More and more I am convinced that the final solution of the political end of our race problem will be for each state that finds it necessary to change the law bearing upon the franchise to make the law apply with absolute honesty, and without opportunity for double dealing or evasion, to both races alike.
she called back into the sitting-room, and when she joined him, drying her hands, she began to tell him about the latest evasion on the part of the Government with respect to the Women's Suffrage Bill.
I have been shutting myself up and resting," said Will, feeling himself a sneak, but seeing no alternative to this evasion.
He feebly availed himself of the commonplace trick of evasion which he had read of in novels, and seen in action on the stage.
A moment later he turned about and with a smile said: "I beg your pardon; I had no thought of evasion.
So, in regard to disagreeable and formidable things, prudence does not consist in evasion or in flight, but in courage.
Worse than being merely ridiculous, they created an atmosphere of guilt and evasion.
Here, as elsewhere," I said "I scorn the guilty evasion of living under an assumed name: I am no safer at Frizinghall than at other places from the cloud that follows me, go where I may.