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
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.
  • "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"
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
Nounsequivocalnessunclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning / meaning
Adverbsequivocallyin an ambiguous manner
English > equivocal: 3 senses > adjective 2
Meaningopen to question.
  • "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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