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What do you call someone intentionally gives a completely true answer that answers a question but does not provide the information the asker is looking for?

For example, person a moves to a new school in Nevada, where people ask him where he is from. a answers that she is from Junction City, but fails to mention that it is in Kansas. a knows that they don't know where that is, but assume it is local. What is the name for someone like a?

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I don't know, but it's bare minimum, not bear :) – Mynamite Sep 15 '13 at 19:49
I would say "evader". – Nate Sep 15 '13 at 20:17
You could say they were "equivocating" or "lying by omission," and you could call their statements half-truths. – ahruss Sep 16 '13 at 5:48
Or dodging the question. I think that is actually what you're looking for. – ahruss Sep 16 '13 at 5:50
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In the case of your example, the guy seems to be elusive, in the sense that he essentially is trying to avoid the answer. But I get that has not much to do with a "bare minimum answer". Maybe, elusively concise. Or even reticent.

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You can call them evasive perhaps, or noncommittal.


  1. Inclined or intended to evade: took evasive action.
  2. Intentionally vague or ambiguous; equivocal: an evasive statement.


Refusing commitment to a particular opinion or course of action; not revealing what one feels or thinks: "His face was the color of a freshly baked pork pie and as noncommittal"

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evasive seems very good. – Pam Sep 15 '13 at 20:44
'Evasive' does not necessarily indicate a deliberate attempt to mislead - only one to give a partial answer. 'Disingenuous' indicates the giving of a not-untrue answer that is designed to lead to a false conclusion. – Edwin Ashworth Sep 15 '13 at 23:34

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