Equivocal Definition

ĭ-kwĭvə-kəl
adjective
That can have more than one interpretation; having two or more meanings; purposely vague, misleading, or ambiguous.
An equivocal reply.
Webster's New World
Characterized by a mixture of opposing elements and therefore questionable or uncertain.
Evidence of the drug's effectiveness has been equivocal.
American Heritage
Uncertain; undecided; doubtful.
An equivocal outcome.
Webster's New World
Suspicious; questionable.
Equivocal conduct.
Webster's New World

Capable of being ascribed to different motives, or of signifying opposite feelings, purposes, or characters; deserving to be suspected.

His actions are equivocal.
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noun

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

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Other Word Forms of Equivocal

Noun

Singular:
equivocal
Plural:
equivocals

Origin of Equivocal

  • From Late Latin aequivocus Latin aequi- equi- Latin vocāre to call wekw- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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