Definitions for equivocateɪˈkwɪv əˌkeɪt

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  1. beat around the bush, equivocate, tergiversate, prevaricate, palter(verb)

    be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information

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  1. equivocate(Verb)

    To use words of equivocal or doubtful signification; to express one's opinions in terms which admit of different senses, with intent to deceive; to use ambiguous expressions with a view to mislead; as, to equivocate is the work of duplicity.

    All that Garnet had to say for him was that he supposed he meant to equivocate. -Edward Stillingfleet.

  2. equivocate(Verb)

    To render equivocal or ambiguous.

    He equivocated his vow by a mental reservation. -George Buck.

  3. Origin: From aequivocatus, perfect passive participle of aequivoco, from aequivocus: confer équivoquer. See equivocal.

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  1. Equivocate(adj)

    to use words of equivocal or doubtful signification; to express one's opinions in terms which admit of different senses, with intent to deceive; to use ambiguous expressions with a view to mislead; as, to equivocate is the work of duplicity

  2. Equivocate(verb)

    to render equivocal or ambiguous


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