equivocation

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c. 1380, from Old French equivocation, from Medieval Latin aequivocātiōnem, accusative singular of aequivocātiō, from aequivocō, from Late Latin aequivocus (ambiguous, equivocal), from Latin aequus (equal) + vocō (call); a calque of Ancient Greek ὁμωνυμία (homōnumía).[1]

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equivocation (plural equivocations)

  1. (logic) A logical fallacy resulting from the use of multiple meanings of a single expression.
  2. The use of expressions susceptible of a double signification, possibly intentionally and with the aim of misleading.

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  1. ^ equivocation” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

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equivocation f (oblique plural equivocations, nominative singular equivocation, nominative plural equivocations)

  1. equivocation
    • Si avoit trovee occasion de li gaber par l'equivocation de son nom