Meaning of EQUIVOCAL in English

EQUIVOCAL

adj.

Pronunciation: i- ' kwi-v ə -k ə l

Function: adjective

Etymology: Late Latin aequivocus, from aequi- equi- + voc-, vox voice ― more at VOICE

Date: 1599

1 a : subject to two or more interpretations and usually used to mislead or confuse <an equivocal statement> b : uncertain as an indication or sign < equivocal evidence>

2 a : of uncertain nature or classification < equivocal shapes> b : of uncertain disposition toward a person or thing : UNDECIDED <an equivocal attitude> c : of doubtful advantage, genuineness, or moral rectitude < equivocal behavior>

synonyms see OBSCURE

– equiv · o · cal · i · ty \ - ˌ kwi-v ə - ' ka-l ə -t ē \ noun

– equiv · o · cal · ly \ - ' kwi-v ə -k( ə -)l ē \ adverb

– equiv · o · cal · ness \ -k ə l-n ə s \ noun

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