equivocal

  • 1 Equivocal — E*quiv o*cal, a. [L. aequivocus: aequus equal + vox, vocis, word. See {Equal}, and {Voice}, and cf. {Equivoque}.] 1. (Literally, called equally one thing or the other; hence:) Having two significations equally applicable; capable of double… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 equivocal — [ē kwiv′ə kəl, ikwiv′ə kəl] adj. [< LL aequivocus (see EQUIVOCATE) & AL] 1. that can have more than one interpretation; having two or more meanings; purposely vague, misleading, or ambiguous [an equivocal reply] 2. uncertain; undecided;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 equivocal — I adjective ambiguous, ambiguus, ambivalent, amphibological, amphibolous, anceps, bewildering, cloudy, confusing, controversial, debatable, deceptive, dim, disputable, doubtful, dubious, dubius, enigmatic, enigmatical, equivocating, equivocatory …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 Equivocal — E*quiv o*cal, n. A word or expression capable of different meanings; an ambiguous term; an equivoque. [1913 Webster] In languages of great ductility, equivocals like that just referred to are rarely found. Fitzed. Hall. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 equivocal — c.1600, from L.L. aequivocus of equal voice, of equal significance, ambiguous (see EQUIVOCATION (Cf. equivocation)) + AL (Cf. al) (1). Earlier in same sense was equivoque (late 14c.). Related: Equivocally (1570s) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 equivocal — ambiguous, *obscure, dark, vague, enigmatic, cryptic Analogous words: dubious, questionable, *doubtful Antonyms: unequivocal Contrasted words: *explicit, express, definite, specific, categorical: perspicuous, lucid, *clear …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 equivocal — [adj] doubtful, uncertain ambiguous, ambivalent, amphibological, borderline, clear as mud*, clouded*, disreputable, dubious, evasive, fishy*, fuzzy*, hazy*, indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct, misleading, muddled, muzzy*, oblique, obscure,… …

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  • 8 equivocal — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ unclear in meaning or intention; ambiguous. DERIVATIVES equivocally adverb. ORIGIN from Latin aequus equal + vocare to call …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 equivocal — [[t]ɪkwɪ̱vək(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you are equivocal, you are deliberately vague in what you say, because you want to avoid speaking the truth or making a decision. [FORMAL] Many were equivocal about the idea... His equivocal response has… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 equivocal — adjective Etymology: Late Latin aequivocus, from aequi equi + voc , vox voice more at voice Date: 1599 1. a. subject to two or more interpretations and usually used to mislead or confuse < an equivocal statement > b. uncertain as an indication or …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 equivocal — e|quiv|o|cal [ıˈkwıvəkəl] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin: aequivocus, from Latin aequi ( EQUI ) + vox voice ] 1.) if you are equivocal, you are deliberately unclear in the way that you give information or your opinion = ↑ambiguous ▪… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 equivocal — equivocality, equivocacy /i kwiv euh keuh see/, n. equivocally, adv. equivocalness, n. /i kwiv euh keuhl/, adj. 1. allowing the possibility of several different meanings, as a word or phrase, esp. with intent to deceive or misguide; susceptible… …

    Universalium

  • 13 equivocal — 1. noun /əˈkwɪvəkəl/ A word or expression capable of different meanings; an ambiguous term; an equivoque. Syn: double entendre 2. adjective /əˈkwɪvəkəl/ a) (Literally, called equally one thing or the other; …

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  • 14 equivocal — adjective 1 words or statements that are equivocal have more than one possible meaning and are deliberately unclear; ambiguous: His answer was evasive and equivocal. 2 equivocal actions or behaviour are mysterious or difficult to understand… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 equivocal — UK [ɪˈkwɪvək(ə)l] / US adjective formal 1) an equivocal statement has more than one possible meaning and is made in order to avoid saying something clearly an equivocal response 2) not clearly showing the real situation or providing a definite… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 equivocal — adj. equivocal about * * * [ɪ kwɪvək(ə)l] equivocal about …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 17 equivocal — e|quiv|o|cal [ ı kwıvəkl ] adjective FORMAL 1. ) with more than one possible meaning, in order to avoid making a clear statement: NON COMMITTAL: an equivocal answer/response 2. ) not clearly showing the real situation or providing a definite… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 equivocal — See ambiguous. See ambiguous, equivocal, unequivocal …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 19 equivocal — [ɪ kwɪvək(ə)l] adjective open to more than one interpretation; ambiguous. ↘questionable or uncertain: the results of the analysis were equivocal. Derivatives equivocality noun equivocally adverb equivocalness noun Origin C16: from late L.… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 equivocal — adjective an equivocal statement Syn: ambiguous, indefinite, noncommittal, vague, imprecise, inexact, inexplicit, hazy; unclear, cryptic, enigmatic, pettifogging; ambivalent, uncertain, unsure, indecisive See note at …

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