univocal

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From Late Latin ūnivocus +‎ -al.

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univocal (not comparable)

  1. Having only one possible meaning.
    • 1999, Karen Armstrong, The Case for God, Vintage 2010, p. 146:
      There were, he argued, some words, such as ‘fat’ or ‘exhausted’, that could not apply to God, but if such terms as ‘being’, ‘goodness’ or ‘wisdom’ were not univocal of God and creatures, ‘one could not naturally have any concept of God – which is false.’
  2. Containing only one vowel.
    "A man, a plan, a canal, Panama." contains only the vowel 'a', making it univocal.
  3. Having unison of sound, as the octave has in music.
  4. Having always the same drift or tenor; uniform; certain; regular.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Thomas Browne to this entry?)
  5. unequivocal; indubitable
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jeremy Taylor to this entry?)

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