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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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I cried, half angered, half in a mind to laugh at his evasions.
I fancy, even already, that unavailing attendance on delays and evasions has made you something less elastic than you used to be.
I scorn your shifty evasions, and I scorn you,' said the schoolmaster.
When a prisoner of style escapes it's called an evasion.
Evasion was the only escape your present life had left her, from telling a downright falsehood.
Any one might have seen in her haggard face that there was no suppression or evasion so far.
That was a feeble evasion, but Godfrey was not fond of lying, and, not being sufficiently aware that no sort of duplicity can long flourish without the help of vocal falsehoods, he was quite unprepared with invented motives.
After much debate, they concluded unanimously, that I was only RELPLUM SCALCATH, which is interpreted literally LUSUS NATURAE; a determination exactly agreeable to the modern philosophy of Europe, whose professors, disdaining the old evasion of occult causes, whereby the followers of Aristotle endeavoured in vain to disguise their ignorance, have invented this wonderful solution of all difficulties, to the unspeakable advancement of human knowledge.
For them a wall is not an evasion, as for us people who think and consequently do nothing; it is not an excuse for turning aside, an excuse for which we are always very glad, though we scarcely believe in it ourselves, as a rule.
Come, D'Artagnan, don't let us play a sidelong game; your hesitation, your evasion, tells me at once on whose side you are; for that party no one dares openly to recruit, and when people recruit for it, it is with averted eyes and humble voice.
There was a brutal directness about his methods which made evasion difficult.
In trickery, evasion, procrastination, spoliation, botheration, under false pretences of all sorts, there are influences that can never come to good.