Origin of equivocal
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However, if you split equivocal in half, as equi- + -vocal, the relation of its spelling to its origin and meanings becomes more clear. Think “equal voices,” two or more voices in conflict over a meaning, attitude, statement, etc., resulting in ambiguity, indecision, or deception. Recombine equi- + -vocal, put the main stress on the second syllable, and you have it: [ih-kwiv-uh-kuhl]. /ɪˈkwɪv ə kəl/.
The form with the extra syllable is not found in educated writing, nor are any of its matching derivatives, like equivocably, unequivocable, and unequivocably. These are not considered standard variants and are best avoided in writing and speech.
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH equivocalequivalent, equivocal
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How to use equivocal in a sentence
The results are almost always negative, and when they are equivocal it rarely is an indication of actual illness.Predator Doctors Take Advantage of Patients With ‘Chronic Lyme’ Scam|Russell Saunders|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His answer was equivocal as Paul said his wife didn't want him to run.
But his wavering and equivocal history on the marriage issue more properly suggests a profile in Jell-O.
As America celebrated the bin Laden killing, the response in the Middle East was more equivocal.
There never was a more equivocal expression; and such as it was then it still is.
The whole public law of Europe had its origin in equivocal expressions, beginning with the Salique law.
The climate of these animals is not therefore, equivocal; but it is more difficult to determine the relative bulk of each species.Buffon's Natural History. Volume VII (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
He was "sick at heart of the equivocal position," and determined to "go on in a clearer path."The Life of Mazzini|Bolton King
Even at first their acts were equivocal, and they soon came to be as illegal as they were oppressive.The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2|Egerton Ryerson