Origin of equivocation
Examples from the Web for equivocation
But diplomatic ambiguity that translates into equivocation and weakness is not helpful at all.Is the U.S. Enabling Putin's Invasion?
August 29, 2014
The equivocation leads Weisberg to shift the meaning of flexibility.Liberals Need to Learn to Say No
July 10, 2014
Romney was so proud of his pro-choice pedigree that he even tweaked his Senate opponent, Democrat Ted Kennedy, for equivocation.Is Romney the Next Kerry?
October 9, 2011
Yeah, yeah, Chris said; or something like that—not buying my equivocation and pressing on with the subjunctive.Would My Father Have Voted for Obama?
May 12, 2009
"I go for stoppum Hicks' ranch," said Good Indian, without any attempt at equivocation.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Would she be sure to recognize any equivocation, and be angrier at that?Hetty's Strange History
Had you equivocated in the slightest degree, I should have punished you for the equivocation.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
But Peter had reached a point where he was tired of equivocation.The Vagrant Duke
There must be no mistake about it; no room for doubt or equivocation, you know.The Daltons, Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
- the act or an instance of equivocating
- logic a fallacy based on the use of the same term in different senses, esp as the middle term of a syllogism, as the badger lives in the bank, and the bank is in the High Street, so the badger lives in the High Street
Word Origin and History for equivocation
late 14c., "the fallacy of using a word in different senses at different stages of the reasoning" (a loan-translation of Greek homonymia, literally "having the same name"), from Old French equivocation, from Late Latin aequivocationem (nominative aequivocatio), from aequivocus "of identical sound," past participle of aequivocare, from aequus "equal" (see equal (adj.)) + vocare "to call" (see voice (n.)).