Equivocal meaning

ĭ-kwĭvə-kəl
A word or expression capable of different meanings; an ambiguous term; an equivoque.
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The definition of equivocal is something having several different meanings.

An example of equivocal is a poem with multiple interpretations.

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Open to two or more interpretations and often intended to conceal the truth.
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Characterized by a mixture of opposing elements and therefore questionable or uncertain.

Evidence of the drug's effectiveness has been equivocal.

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Uncertain, as an indication or sign; doubtful, incongruous.
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Uncertain; undecided; doubtful.

An equivocal outcome.

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Suspicious; questionable.

Equivocal conduct.

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Having two or more equally applicable meanings; capable of double or multiple interpretation; ambiguous; uncertain.

Equivocal words; an equivocal sentence.

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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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That can have more than one interpretation; having two or more meanings; purposely vague, misleading, or ambiguous.

An equivocal reply.

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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