Because Mindy didn't want her mother to find out that she went to the party with Brianna and her friends, she tried to prevaricate her questions.
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.
intransitive verb-·cat·ed, -·cat·ing
- to turn aside from, or evade, the truth; equivocate
- to tell an untruth; lie
Origin of prevaricatefrom 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. See Synonyms at lie2.
- Usage Problem To behave in an indecisive manner; delay or procrastinate.
Origin of prevaricateLatin praevāricārī praevāricāt- to straddle across (something), collude (used of lawyers) prae- pre- vāricāre to straddle ( from vāricus straddling ) ( from vārus bow-legged, bandy )
Usage Note: The traditional meaning of prevaricate is “to speak or write evasively.” In recent years, a second sense has developed, meaning “to behave in an indecisive manner; delay or procrastinate,” perhaps influenced by equivocate, which primarily means “to speak evasively” but can also mean “to be indecisive.” In American English, this second sense is widely considered an error, and a large majority of the Usage Panel finds it unacceptable. In 2011, 78 percent of the Panel disapproved of the “delay“ sense of the word as used in the sentence He prevaricated for some two years before accepting the new design for production. This usage is more commonly encountered in British English, as in this quotation from the BBC News: As the industry prevaricated, sales collapsed.
(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.