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equivocation

[ih-kwiv-uh-key-shuh n] /ɪˌkwɪv əˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the use of equivocal or ambiguous expressions, especially in order to mislead or hedge; prevarication.
2.
an equivocal, ambiguous expression; equivoque:
The speech was marked by elaborate equivocations.
3.
Logic. a fallacy caused by the double meaning of a word.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English equivocacion < Late Latin aequivocātiōn- (stem of aequivocātiō). See equivocate, -ion
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Word Origin and History for equivocations

equivocation

n.

late 14c., "the fallacy of using a word in different senses at different stages of the reasoning" (a loan-translation of Greek homonymia, literally "having the same name"), from Old French equivocation, from Late Latin aequivocationem (nominative aequivocatio), from aequivocus "of identical sound," past participle of aequivocare, from aequus "equal" (see equal (adj.)) + vocare "to call" (see voice (n.)).

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