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equivocate (v.)

"use words of a doubtful signification, express one's opinions in terms which admit of different interpretations," early 15c., equivocaten, from Medieval Latin equivocatus, past participle of equivocare "to call by the same name, be called by the same name, have the same sound," from Late Latin aequivocus "of identical sound" (see equivocation). Related: Equivocated; equivocating.

updated on July 04, 2021

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Definitions of equivocate from WordNet

equivocate (v.)
be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information;
Synonyms: beat around the bush / tergiversate / prevaricate / palter
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