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equivocal (adj.)

"of doubtful signification, capable of being understood in different senses," c. 1600, with -al (1) + Late Latin aequivocus "of identical sound, of equal voice, of equal significance, ambiguous, of like sound," past participle of aequivocare, from aequus "equal" (see equal (adj.)) + vocare "to call," which is related to vox (genitive vocis) "voice" (from PIE root *wekw- "to speak"). Earlier in same sense was equivoque (late 14c.). Related: Equivocally (1570s).

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Definitions of equivocal

equivocal (adj.)
open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead;
the officer's equivocal behavior increased the victim's uneasiness
popularity is an equivocal crown
an equivocal statement
an equivocal response to an embarrassing question
the polling had a complex and equivocal (or ambiguous) message for potential female candidates
Synonyms: ambiguous
equivocal (adj.)
open to question; "his conscience reproached him with the equivocal character of the union into which he had forced his son"-Anna Jameson;
aliens of equivocal loyalty
equivocal (adj.)
uncertain as a sign or indication;
the evidence from bacteriologic analysis was equivocal
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