HyperDic: equivocal

English > 3 senses of the word equivocal:
ADJECTIVEallequivocal, ambiguousopen to two or more interpretations
allequivocalopen to question
allequivocaluncertain as a sign or indication
equivocal > pronunciation
Soundsihkwih'vahkahl
Rhymesabdominal ... zoological: 2115 rhymes with ahl...
English > equivocal: 3 senses > adjective 1
Meaningopen to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead.
Examples
  • "an equivocal statement"
  • "the polling had a complex and equivocal (or ambiguous) message for potential female candidates"
  • "the officer's equivocal behavior increased the victim's uneasiness"
  • "popularity is an equivocal crown"
  • "an equivocal response to an embarrassing question"
Synonymambiguous
Narrowerdouble, forkedHaving two meanings with intent to deceive
evasivedeliberately vague or ambiguous
indeterminateOf uncertain or ambiguous nature
See alsoambiguousHaving more than one possible meaning / meaning
Oppositeunequivocal, univocal, unambiguousAdmitting of no doubt or misunderstanding
Spanishambigua, ambiguo, equívoco
Catalanambigu
Nounsequivocalnessunclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning / meaning
Adverbsequivocallyin an ambiguous manner
English > equivocal: 3 senses > adjective 2
Meaningopen to question.
Examples
  • "aliens of equivocal loyalty"
  • "his conscience reproached him with the equivocal character of the union into which he had forced his son"-Anna Jameson
Broaderquestionablesubject to question
English > equivocal: 3 senses > adjective 3
Meaninguncertain as a sign or indication.
Example"the evidence from bacteriologic analysis was equivocal"
Broaderinconclusivenot conclusive

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