[yoo-niv-uh-kuh l, yoo-nuh-voh-]


having only one meaning; unambiguous.

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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Examples from the Web for univocally

Historical Examples of univocally

  • But that the rest are univocally to be called laws, according to the best definition of the law in genere.

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    Baxter Richard

British Dictionary definitions for univocally



unambiguous or unmistakable


a word or term that has only one meaning
Derived Formsunivocally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for univocally



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

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