verb (used without object), e·quiv·o·cat·ed, e·quiv·o·cat·ing.
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
1375–1425; late Middle EnglishRelated formse·quiv·o·cat·ing·ly, adverbe·quiv·o·ca·tor, nounnon·e·quiv·o·cat·ing, adjectiveout·e·quiv·o·cate, verb (used with object), out·e·quiv·o·cat·ed, out·e·quiv·o·cat·ing.un·e·quiv·o·cat·ing, adjective
< Medieval Latin aequivocātus,
past participle of aequivocāre;
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British Dictionary definitions for equivocator
Derived Formsequivocatingly, adverbequivocator, nounequivocatory, adjective
(intr) to use vague or ambiguous language, esp in order to avoid speaking directly or honestly; hedge
Word Origin for equivocate
C15: from Medieval Latin aequivocāre, from Late Latin aequivocus ambiguous, equivocal
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Word Origin and History for equivocator
1590s, from Late Latin aequivocator, agent noun from aequivocare (see equivocation).
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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