Evasive Answer Law and Legal Definition

A person gives evasive answer when s/he does not give a direct answer to a direct question. The purpose is to conceal the truth. An evasive answer is an answer by a defendant failing to admit or deny the allegations set forth in the complaint. The person giving evasive answer is presumed to have knowledge of the asked question. In discovery, evasive answer is regarded as failure to answer.

Pursuant to USCS Fed Rules Civ Proc R 37, in a motion for an order compelling disclosure or discovery, an evasive or incomplete disclosure, answer, or response must be treated as a failure to disclose, answer, or respond.