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Origin of equivocal
synonym study for equivocal
pronunciation note for equivocal
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM equivocal
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH equivocalequivalent, equivocal
Example sentences from the Web for equivocal
This reflects the fact that the polling in individual Senate races is generally quite good for Democrats, while other indicators and expert ratings are more equivocal.Democrats Are Slight Favorites To Take Back The Senate|Nate Silver (firstname.lastname@example.org)|September 18, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
So they remain equivocal; and, as the world goes, their equivocality is one of their great conveniences.Essays in Radical Empiricism|William James