weasel-word

weasel word

noun
a word used to temper the forthrightness of a statement; a word that makes one's views equivocal, misleading, or confusing.

Origin:
1895–1900, Americanism

weasel-worded, adjective
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weasel word

noun
an equivocal qualification; a word used to avoid making an outright assertion 
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