• Equivocal


    • UK IPA: /əˈkwɪvÉ™kÉ™l/
    • US IPA: /ɪˈkwɪvÉ™k(É™)l/
    • Hyphenation: equivo + cal

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    From Late Latin aequivocus, from aequus + vocō.

    Full definition of equivocal



    (plural equivocals)
    1. A word or expression capable of different meanings; an ambiguous term; an equivoque.



    1. Having two or more equally applicable meanings; capable of double or multiple interpretation; ambiguous; uncertain.equivocal words; an equivocal sentence
      • JeffreyFor the beauties of Shakespeare are not of so dim or equivocal a nature as to be visible only to learned eyes.
    2. Capable of being ascribed to different motives, or of signifying opposite feelings, purposes, or characters; deserving to be suspected.His actions are equivocal.
      • Miltonequivocal repentances
    3. Uncertain, as an indication or sign; doubtful, incongruous.
      • BurkeHow equivocal a test.

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