equivocal


equivocal
I adjective ambiguous, ambiguus, ambivalent, amphibological, amphibolous, anceps, bewildering, cloudy, confusing, controversial, debatable, deceptive, dim, disputable, doubtful, dubious, dubius, enigmatic, enigmatical, equivocating, equivocatory, hard to understand, hazy, imperspicuous, imprecise, indecisive, indefinite, indeterminate, misleading, moot, nebulous, obscure, of doubtful meaning, of uncertain significance, open, open to question, perplexing, possessing double meaning, prevaricating, puzzling, questionable, recondite, shadowy, uncertain, unclarified, unclear, undecided, undefined, undetermined, unexplained, unintelligible, unplain, unresolved, unsolved, unsure, untransparent, vague, veiled foreign phrases:
- Verba aequivoca, ac in dubio sensu postta, intelliguntur dlgniori et potentiori sensu. — Equivocal words and those which are used in a doubtful sense are to be understood in their more worthy and effective sense.
II index aleatory (uncertain), ambiguous, conditional, disputable, doubtful, dubious, elusive, hesitant, impalpable, indefinite, indeterminate, oblique (evasive), precarious, problematic, provisional, suspicious (questionable), uncertain (questionable), unclear, vague

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  • Equivocal — E*quiv o*cal, a. [L. aequivocus: aequus equal + vox, vocis, word. See {Equal}, and {Voice}, and cf. {Equivoque}.] 1. (Literally, called equally one thing or the other; hence:) Having two significations equally applicable; capable of double… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • equivocal — [ē kwiv′ə kəl, ikwiv′ə kəl] adj. [< LL aequivocus (see EQUIVOCATE) & AL] 1. that can have more than one interpretation; having two or more meanings; purposely vague, misleading, or ambiguous [an equivocal reply] 2. uncertain; undecided;… …   English World dictionary

  • Equivocal — E*quiv o*cal, n. A word or expression capable of different meanings; an ambiguous term; an equivoque. [1913 Webster] In languages of great ductility, equivocals like that just referred to are rarely found. Fitzed. Hall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • equivocal — c.1600, from L.L. aequivocus of equal voice, of equal significance, ambiguous (see EQUIVOCATION (Cf. equivocation)) + AL (Cf. al) (1). Earlier in same sense was equivoque (late 14c.). Related: Equivocally (1570s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • equivocal — ambiguous, *obscure, dark, vague, enigmatic, cryptic Analogous words: dubious, questionable, *doubtful Antonyms: unequivocal Contrasted words: *explicit, express, definite, specific, categorical: perspicuous, lucid, *clear …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • equivocal — [adj] doubtful, uncertain ambiguous, ambivalent, amphibological, borderline, clear as mud*, clouded*, disreputable, dubious, evasive, fishy*, fuzzy*, hazy*, indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct, misleading, muddled, muzzy*, oblique, obscure,… …   New thesaurus

  • equivocal — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ unclear in meaning or intention; ambiguous. DERIVATIVES equivocally adverb. ORIGIN from Latin aequus equal + vocare to call …   English terms dictionary

  • equivocal — [[t]ɪkwɪ̱vək(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you are equivocal, you are deliberately vague in what you say, because you want to avoid speaking the truth or making a decision. [FORMAL] Many were equivocal about the idea... His equivocal response has… …   English dictionary

  • equivocal — adjective Etymology: Late Latin aequivocus, from aequi equi + voc , vox voice more at voice Date: 1599 1. a. subject to two or more interpretations and usually used to mislead or confuse < an equivocal statement > b. uncertain as an indication or …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • equivocal — e|quiv|o|cal [ıˈkwıvəkəl] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin: aequivocus, from Latin aequi ( EQUI ) + vox voice ] 1.) if you are equivocal, you are deliberately unclear in the way that you give information or your opinion = ↑ambiguous ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English