equivocate

[ih-kwiv-uh-keyt]
verb (used without object), equivocated, equivocating.
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:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin aequivocātus, past participle of aequivocāre; see equivocal, -ate1

equivocatingly, adverb
equivocator, noun
nonequivocating, adjective
outequivocate, verb (used with object), outequivocated, outequivocating.
unequivocating, adjective


evade, stall, dodge.
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equivocate (ɪˈkwɪvəˌkeɪt)
 
vb
(intr) to use vague or ambiguous language, esp in order to avoid speaking directly or honestly; hedge
 
[C15: from Medieval Latin aequivocāre, from Late Latin aequivocus ambiguous, equivocal]
 
e'quivocatingly
 
adv
 
e'quivocator
 
n
 
e'quivocatory
 
adj

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equivocate
1580s, from V.L. *aequivocat-, pp. stem of aequivocare (see equivocation). Related: Equivocated; equivocating.
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Example sentences
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.
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