- to use ambiguous or unclear expressions, usually to avoid commitment or in order to mislead; prevaricate or hedge: When asked directly for his position on disarmament, the candidate only equivocated.
Origin of equivocate
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evade, stall, dodge.
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Their unequivocating charge of disloyalty against drink has been irresistible.Huts in Hell
Daniel A. Poling
- (intr) to use vague or ambiguous language, esp in order to avoid speaking directly or honestly; hedge
C15: from Medieval Latin aequivocāre, from Late Latin aequivocus ambiguous, equivocal
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Word Origin and History for unequivocating
early 15c., equivocaten, from Medieval Latin equivocatus, past participle of equivocare "to call by the same name," from Late Latin aequivocus (see equivocation). Related: Equivocated; equivocating.
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