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univocal

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adjective univ·o·cal \yü-ˈni-və-kəl\

Definition of univocal

  1. 1 :  having one meaning only

  2. 2 :  unambiguous <in search of a morally univocal answer>

univocally

play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Examples of univocal in a sentence

  1. <those who believe that the language of the Bible is univocal: it is never metaphorical but intended to be taken literally>



Did You Know?

Univocal, in the sense of "having only one meaning," first appeared in print in English in 1599, the same year that its more familiar antonym "equivocal" (meaning "often misleadingly subject to two or more interpretations") was first recorded. Both words trace back to the Latin noun vox, which means "voice." The prefix uni- ("one") was combined with "vox" to create the Late Latin word univocus, from which English speakers borrowed "univocal." "Univocal" was indeed once used in the sense of "speaking in one voice" (or "unanimous") as its etymology would imply, but that use is now obsolete.

Origin and Etymology of univocal

Late Latin univocus, from Latin uni- + voc-, vox voice — more at voice


First Known Use: 1599

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