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EQUIVOCAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does equivocal mean? 

EQUIVOCAL (adjective)
  The adjective EQUIVOCAL has 3 senses:

1. open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead
2. open to question
3. uncertain as a sign or indication

  Familiarity information: EQUIVOCAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


EQUIVOCAL (adjective)


Sense 1equivocal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead

Synonyms:

ambiguous; equivocal

Context 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

Similar:

double; forked (having two meanings with intent to deceive)

evasive (deliberately vague or ambiguous)

indeterminate (of uncertain or ambiguous nature)

Also:

ambiguous (having more than one possible meaning)

Antonym:

unequivocal (admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; having only one meaning or interpretation and leading to only one conclusion)


Sense 2equivocal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Open to question

Context examples:

aliens of equivocal loyalty / his conscience reproached him with the equivocal character of the union into which he had forced his son

Similar:

questionable (subject to question)


Sense 3equivocal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Uncertain as a sign or indication

Context example:

the evidence from bacteriologic analysis was equivocal

Similar:

inconclusive (not conclusive; not putting an end to doubt or question)


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