• Equivocate


    • US IPA: /ɪˈkwɪvəˌkeɪt/

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    From Medieval Latin aequivocātus, perfect passive participle of aequivocō ("I am called by the same name"), from Late Latin aequivocus ("ambiguous, equivocal"): confer French équivoquer. See equivocal.

    Full definition of equivocate


    1. (intransitive) 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.All that Garnet had to say for him was that he supposed he meant to equivocate. -Edward Stillingfleet.
    2. To render equivocal or ambiguous.He equivocated his vow by a mental reservation. -George Buck.
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