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equivocate

[ih-kwiv-uh-keyt] /ɪˈkwɪv əˌkeɪt/
verb (used without object), equivocated, equivocating.
1.
to use ambiguous or unclear expressions, usually to avoid commitment or in order to mislead; prevaricate or hedge:
When asked directly for his position on disarmament, the candidate only equivocated.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin aequivocātus, past participle of aequivocāre; see equivocal, -ate1
Related forms
equivocatingly, adverb
equivocator, noun
nonequivocating, adjective
outequivocate, verb (used with object), outequivocated, outequivocating.
unequivocating, adjective
Synonyms
evade, stall, dodge.
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Examples for equivocating
  • Present results with caution, and insist on equivocating.
  • Read that statement and tell me if you've ever seen anything so lily-livered and equivocating.
  • But as a new leader, with a general election drawing near, he will be allowed the luxury of equivocating.
  • To say that something doesn't happen because no human has the ability to detect it is still equivocating.
  • The actors have given him the privilege of saying what he feels with no equivocating.
  • The novel is rather sly in equivocating between these two explanations.
  • Present results with caution, and insist on equivocating.
  • They don't want equivocating statements the way scientists often make them.
British Dictionary definitions for equivocating

equivocate

/ɪˈkwɪvəˌkeɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to use vague or ambiguous language, esp in order to avoid speaking directly or honestly; hedge
Derived Forms
equivocatingly, adverb
equivocator, noun
equivocatory, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin aequivocāre, from Late Latin aequivocus ambiguous, equivocal
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Word Origin and History for equivocating
equivocate
1580s, from V.L. *aequivocat-, pp. stem of aequivocare (see equivocation). Related: Equivocated; equivocating.
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