[ ih-kwiv-uh-keyt ]
/ ɪˈkwɪv əˌkeɪt /

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 English < Medieval Latin aequivocātus, past participle of aequivocāre; see equivocal, -ate1

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Examples from the Web for unequivocating

  • Their unequivocating charge of disloyalty against drink has been irresistible.

    Huts in Hell|Daniel A. Poling

British Dictionary definitions for unequivocating


/ (ɪˈkwɪvəˌkeɪt) /


(intr) to use vague or ambiguous language, esp in order to avoid speaking directly or honestly; hedge

Derived Forms

equivocatingly, adverbequivocator, nounequivocatory, adjective

Word Origin for equivocate

C15: from Medieval Latin aequivocāre, from Late Latin aequivocus ambiguous, equivocal
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