The teenage girl is not wanting to talk to her mother.
An example of prevaricate is what you do when your mother asks you where you have been and you don't want to tell her.
- to turn aside from, or evade, the truth; equivocate
- to tell an untruth; lie
Origin of prevaricate; from Classical Latin praevaricatus, past participle of praevaricari, to prevaricate, literally , to walk crookedly ; from prae-, before + varicare, to straddle ; from varicus, straddling ; from varus, bent apart ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wa- from source vary
verbpre·var·i·cat·ed, pre·var·i·cat·ing, pre·var·i·cates
- To speak or write evasively; equivocate. See Synonyms at lie2.
- To behave in an evasive or indecisive manner, usually in delay: “For months, Lennox prevaricated but at last &ellipsis; he accepted the inevitable and left Scotland for France” (Magnus Magnusson).
Origin of prevaricateLatin praevaricar&imacron;, praevaricat-, to straddle across (something), collude (used of lawyers) : prae-, pre- + varicare, to straddle (from varicus, straddling, from varus, bow-legged, bandy).
(third-person singular simple present prevaricates, present participle prevaricating, simple past and past participle prevaricated)
- (intransitive) To shift or turn from direct speech or behaviour; to evade the truth; to waffle or be (intentionally) ambiguous.
- The people saw the politician prevaricate every day.
- (intransitive, law) To collude, as where an informer colludes with the defendant, and makes a sham prosecution.
- (law, UK) To undertake something falsely and deceitfully, with the purpose of defeating or destroying it.