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- æquivocal (rare, obsolete)
- (UK) IPA(key): /əˈkwɪvəkəl/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (US) IPA(key): /ɪˈkwɪvək(ə)l/
- hyphenation UK: equivo‧cal
- Having two or more equally applicable meanings; capable of double or multiple interpretation.
- Synonyms: ambiguous, indeterminate
- Antonyms: unequivocal, univocal
- equivocal words
- an equivocal sentence
- 1817, William Hazlitt, Characters of Shakespeare's Plays:
- For the beauties of Shakespeare are not of so dim or equivocal a nature as to be visible only to learned eyes.
- Capable of being ascribed to different motives, or of signifying opposite feelings, purposes, or characters; deserving to be suspected.
- His actions are equivocal.
- Uncertain, as an indication or sign.
having several applicable significations
capable of being ascribed to different motives, or of signifying opposite feelings, purposes, or characters
equivocal (plural equivocals)
- (philosophy) A word or expression capable of different meanings; an ambiguous term.
- 2012, Deborah Achtenberg, Cognition of Value in Aristotle's Ethics:
- Some equivocals are merely ambiguous. Sharp is an example. It is equivocal since it is appropriate to call different types of things 'sharp' though what it is for them to be sharp differs.
A word or expression capable of different meanings