equivocal

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From Late Latin aequivocus, from aequus +‎ vocō.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈkwɪvəkəl/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪˈkwɪvək(ə)l/
  • hyphenation UK: equivo‧cal

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equivocal (plural equivocals)

  1. A word or expression capable of different meanings; an ambiguous term; an equivoque.

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equivocal (comparative more equivocal, superlative most equivocal)

  1. Having two or more equally applicable meanings; capable of double or multiple interpretation; ambiguous; uncertain.
    equivocal words; an equivocal sentence
    • (Can we date this quote?) Francis Jeffrey
      For the beauties of Shakespeare are not of so dim or equivocal a nature as to be visible only to learned eyes.
  2. Capable of being ascribed to different motives, or of signifying opposite feelings, purposes, or characters; deserving to be suspected.
    His actions are equivocal.
  3. Uncertain, as an indication or sign; doubtful, incongruous.

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