Definition of equivocal
- an equivocal statement
- equivocal evidence
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He responded to reporters' questions with equivocal answers.
The experiment produced equivocal results.
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With its root equi-, meaning "equal", equivocate suggests speaking on both sides of an issue at the same time. An equivocal answer is one that manages not to take a stand; an unequivocal answer, by contrast, is strong and clear. Politicians are famous for equivocating, but equivocation is also typical of used-car salesmen, nervous witnesses in a courtroom, and guys whose girlfriends ask them how committed they are to a relationship.
: having two or more possible meanings
: not easily understood or explained
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of the same or a similar kind or nature
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