Meaning of EQUIVOCAL in English

EQUIVOCAL

transcription, транскрипция: [ i-ˈkwi-və-kəl ]

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 -ˌkwi-və-ˈka-lə-tē noun

• equiv·o·cal·ly -ˈkwi-və-k(ə-)lē adverb

• equiv·o·cal·ness -kəl-nəs noun

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