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Evasion vs. Avoidance: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Published on November 16, 2023
Evasion refers to deliberately escaping or eluding something, often in a deceptive or cunning manner. Avoidance means steering clear of something, often as a preventative measure, but without necessarily being deceptive.

Key Differences

Evasion and avoidance both concern the act of escaping or steering clear of something. However, evasion typically carries a negative connotation, implying a deceptive or cunning escape from a situation or obligation. Avoidance, on the other hand, is a broader term that refers to simply staying away from something, usually as a preventative measure, without necessarily involving deceit.
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Nov 16, 2023
In legal contexts, evasion often pertains to a calculated act of avoiding responsibilities, especially to dodge legal repercussions, as in tax evasion. Avoidance in legal parlance can imply lawful means to reduce obligations, like tax avoidance through legal loopholes. In this sense, evasion is generally unlawful, while avoidance may be completely lawful.
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Nov 16, 2023
From a grammatical standpoint, both words are nouns, although "avoid" and "evade" exist as verbs. Evasion is used more commonly in contexts where there is an element of subterfuge, such as in military or criminal situations. Avoidance is often used in psychological or medical terminology, as in "avoidance behavior," and doesn't inherently imply deceit.
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Nov 16, 2023
In everyday language, evasion and avoidance may sometimes be used interchangeably, but they shouldn't be. Evasion implies a level of craftiness or deceit involved in dodging a situation. Avoidance lacks this implication and is more of a general term for steering clear of an undesirable situation, whether it's a conflict or an unhealthy food item.
Janet White
Nov 16, 2023

Comparison Chart

Definition

Deliberate, often cunning escape
Preventative, non-deceptive escape
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Connotation

Usually negative
Neutral or situational
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Grammatical Category

Noun
Noun
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Legal Usage

Generally unlawful
May be lawful
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Typical Context

Military, criminal
Psychological, medical
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Evasion and Avoidance Definitions

Evasion

A calculated avoidance, usually unlawful.
Tax evasion is a federal crime.
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Avoidance

Non-engagement with a particular subject.
The avoidance of the topic was obvious.
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Evasion

Cunning avoidance of capture or detention.
The thief's evasion astonished the police.
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Avoidance

Deliberate distancing from a problem.
Her avoidance of conflict is problematic.
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Evasion

A tactic to elude or escape.
The military used evasion techniques.
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Avoidance

The act of shunning or avoiding.
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Evasion

The act of escaping something through deceit.
His evasion of the question was noticeable.
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Avoidance

(Law) An annulment.
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Evasion

Artful dodging of a situation.
Her evasion of responsibility was clever but unacceptable.
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Avoidance

The act of avoiding or shunning; keeping clear of.
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Evasion

The act or an instance of evading.
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Avoidance

The act of annulling; annulment.
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Evasion

A means of evading; a subterfuge.
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Avoidance

(obsolete) The act of becoming vacant, or the state of being vacant, specifically used for the state of a benefice becoming void by the death, deprivation, or resignation of the incumbent.
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Evasion

The act of eluding or evading or avoiding, particularly the pressure of an argument, accusation, charge, or interrogation; artful means of eluding.
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Avoidance

(obsolete) The act of dismissing a person.
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Evasion

The act of eluding or avoiding, particularly the pressure of an argument, accusation, charge, or interrogation; artful means of eluding.
Thou . . . by evasions thy crime uncoverest more.
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Avoidance

(obsolete) The act of quitting a position or benefice.
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Evasion

A statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth
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Avoidance

(obsolete) The course by which anything (especially water) is carried off.
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Evasion

The deliberate act of failing to pay money;
His evasion of all his creditors
He was indicted for nonpayment
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Avoidance

The act of annulling; annulment.
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Evasion

Nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do;
His evasion of his clear duty was reprehensible
That escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive
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Avoidance

The act of becoming vacant, or the state of being vacant; - specifically used for the state of a benefice becoming void by the death, deprivation, or resignation of the incumbent.
Wolsey, . . . on every avoidance of St. Peter's chair, was sitting down therein, when suddenly some one or other clapped in before him.
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Evasion

The act of physically escaping from something (an opponent or a pursuer or an unpleasant situation) by some adroit maneuver
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Avoidance

A dismissing or a quitting; removal; withdrawal.
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Avoidance

The act of avoiding or shunning; keeping clear of.
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Avoidance

The courts by which anything is carried off.
Avoidances and drainings of water.
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Avoidance

Deliberately avoiding; keeping away from or preventing from happening
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Avoidance

The act of keeping away from something.
His avoidance of vegetables is frustrating.
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Sep 18, 2023

Avoidance

A preventative measure.
Sunscreen is a form of UV avoidance.
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Sep 18, 2023

Avoidance

Steering clear of danger.
Seatbelts are a form of accident avoidance.
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Sep 18, 2023

FAQs

What is Evasion?

Evasion refers to deliberately escaping or eluding something, often in a deceptive manner.
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Are Evasion and Avoidance the Same?

No, evasion implies deceit or cunning, while avoidance does not.
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Is Evasion Always Negative?

Generally, yes, as it often involves deceit or breaking rules.
Harlon Moss
Nov 16, 2023

In What Contexts is Avoidance Commonly Used?

It's commonly used in psychological and medical contexts.
Janet White
Nov 16, 2023

Is Avoidance a Noun?

Yes, avoidance is also a noun.
Aimie Carlson
Nov 16, 2023

In What Contexts is Evasion Commonly Used?

It's commonly used in military and criminal contexts.
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Nov 16, 2023

What is Avoidance?

Avoidance refers to steering clear of something, often preventatively, without being deceptive.
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Nov 16, 2023

Is Evasion a Noun?

Yes, evasion is a noun.
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Nov 16, 2023

Can Evasion Ever Be Justified?

In rare cases, such as evading harm, it may be justified.
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Is Avoidance Always Negative?

No, it can be a healthy and preventative measure.
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Nov 16, 2023

Is Avoidance Always Justified?

It depends on the situation, as excessive avoidance can be problematic.
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Can Avoidance Be Legal?

Yes, as in the case of using legal means to minimize taxes.
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Nov 16, 2023

Is There a Verb Form of Avoidance?

Yes, the verb is "to avoid."
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Nov 16, 2023

Can Evasion Be Legal?

Rarely, as it generally involves deceit or breaking laws.
Aimie Carlson
Nov 16, 2023

Is There a Verb Form of Evasion?

Yes, the verb is "to evade."
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Nov 16, 2023
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