Definitions for equivocateɪˈkwɪv əˌkeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

e•quiv•o•cateɪˈkwɪv əˌkeɪt(v.i.)-cat•ed, -cat•ing.

  1. to use ambiguous or unclear expressions, usu. to mislead or to avoid commitment; hedge.

Origin of equivocate:

1375–1425; < ML aequivocātus, ptp. of aequivocāre; see equivocal , -ate1

e•quiv′o•ca`tor(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

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

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

Wiktionary

  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.

Webster Dictionary

  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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