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univocal

[yoo-niv-uh-kuh l, yoo-nuh-voh-]
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adjective
  1. having only one meaning; unambiguous.
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Origin of univocal

1535–45; < Late Latin ūnivōc(us) (ūni- uni- + -vōcus, adj. derivative of vōx, stem vōc-, voice) + -al1
Related formsu·niv·o·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for univocal

Historical Examples

  • Names abused infer not the things signified by an univocal term.

    A Christian Directory

    Baxter Richard

  • While it is not univocal, it is at the same time not absolutely equivocal.

    Aristotle

    George Grote

  • But it was stated above that the word 'univocal' was applied to those things which had both name and definition in common.

  • Again, the generic term and the specific term ought to be univocal in signification.

    Aristotle

    George Grote

  • If you ask a dialectical question in plain and univocal language, the respondent is bound to answer Yes or No.

    Aristotle

    George Grote


British Dictionary definitions for univocal

univocal

adjective
  1. unambiguous or unmistakable
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noun
  1. a word or term that has only one meaning
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Derived Formsunivocally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for univocal

adj.

1540s, from Latin univocus, from uni- (see uni-) + vox (see voice (n.)).

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