Invasive vs. Evasive - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Invasive (adjective)

    That invades a foreign country using military force.

  • Invasive (adjective)

    Relating to military aggression generally.

  • Invasive (adjective)

    That grows in environments which do not harbor natural enemes, often to the detriment of native species or of food or garden flora and fauna.

    "an invasive species"

  • Invasive (adjective)

    (of a carcinoma etc) That invades healthy tissue; (of a procedure) in which part of the body is entered

  • Invasive (adjective)

    Intrusive on one's privacy.

  • Invasive (adjective)

    Coming from outside; originating externally.

  • Invasive (noun)

    An invasive organism, as, a plant or animal.

  • Evasive (adjective)

    Tending to avoid speaking openly or making revelations about oneself.

  • Evasive (adjective)

    Directed towards avoidance or escape; evasive action.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Invasive (adjective)

    tending to spread very quickly and undesirably or harmfully

    "patients suffering from invasive cancer"

  • Invasive (adjective)

    tending to intrude on a person's thoughts or privacy

    "the sound of the piano was invasive"

  • Invasive (adjective)

    (of medical procedures) involving the introduction of instruments or other objects into the body or body cavities

    "minimally invasive surgery"

  • Evasive (adjective)

    tending to avoid commitment or self-revelation, especially by responding only indirectly

    "she was evasive about her phone number"

  • Evasive (adjective)

    directed towards avoidance or escape

    "they decided to take evasive action"

Webster Dictionary

  • Invasive (adjective)

    Tending to invade; characterized by invasion; aggressive.

  • Invasive (adjective)

    tending to spread, especially tending to intrude into healthy tissue; - used mostly of tumors.

  • Evasive (adjective)

    Tending to evade, or marked by evasion; elusive; shuffling; avoiding by artifice.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Invasive (adjective)

    relating to a technique in which the body is entered by puncture or incision

  • Invasive (adjective)

    marked by a tendency to spread especially into healthy tissue;

    "invasive cancer cells"

  • Invasive (adjective)

    involving invasion or aggressive attack;

    "invasive war"

  • Invasive (adjective)

    gradually intrusive without right or permission;

    "we moved back from the encroaching tide"

    "invasive tourists"

    "trespassing hunters"

  • Evasive (adjective)

    deliberately vague or ambiguous;

    "his answers were brief, constrained and evasive"

    "an evasive statement"

  • Evasive (adjective)

    avoiding or escaping from difficulty or danger especially enemy fire;

    "pilots are taught to take evasive action"

  • Evasive (adjective)

    skillful at eluding capture;

    "a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist"

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