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Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Definitions for equivocate

  1. To be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or to avoid committing oneself to anything definite.

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Citations for equivocate
The witness shuffled, equivocated, pretended to misunderstand the questions. Thomas Babington Macaulay, History of England
By equivocating, hesitating, and giving ambiguous answers, she effected her purpose. Harriet Martineau, Letters from Ireland
Origin of equivocate
late Middle English
To equivocate is literally to call equally one thing or the other: It comes from Medieval Latin aequivocare, from the Latin aequus, equal + vocare, to call (from Latin vox, voice).