equivocal


Main Entry: equiv·o·cal
Pronunciation: \i-ˈkwi-və-kəl\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Late Latin aequivocus, from aequi- equi- + voc-, vox voice — more at voice
Date: 1599
1
a : subject to two or more interpretations and usually used to mislead or confuse <an equivocal statement>
b : uncertain as an indication or sign <equivocal evidence>
2
a : of uncertain nature or classification <equivocal shapes>
b : of uncertain disposition toward a person or thing : undecided <an equivocal attitude>
c : of doubtful advantage, genuineness, or moral rectitude <equivocal behavior>
equiv·o·cal·i·ty \-ˌkwi-və-ˈka-lə-tē\ noun
equiv·o·cal·ly \-ˈkwi-və-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
equiv·o·cal·ness \-kəl-nəs\ noun