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Meaning & Definition of Equivocal in English

English

Equivocal

/ɪkwɪvəkəl/

adjective

1. Open 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"
    synonym:
  • equivocal
  • ,
  • ambiguous

2. Open 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
    synonym:
  • equivocal

3. Uncertain as a sign or indication

  • "The evidence from bacteriologic analysis was equivocal"
    synonym:
  • equivocal