Equivocated
Equivocate E*quiv"o*cate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Equivocated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Equivocating}.] [L. aequivocatus, p. p. of aequivocari to be called by the same name, fr. L. aequivocus: cf. F. ['e]quivoquer. See {Equivocal}, a.] To use words of equivocal or doubtful signification; to express one's opinions in terms which admit of different senses, with intent to deceive; to use ambiguous expressions with a view to mislead; as, to equivocate is the work of duplicity. [1913 Webster]

All that Garnet had to say for him was that he supposed he meant to equivocate. --Bp. Stillingfleet.

Syn: To prevaricate; evade; shuffle; quibble. See {Prevaricate}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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