equivocation

noun
equiv·​o·​ca·​tion | \ i-ˌkwi-və-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce equivocation (audio) \
plural equivocations

Definition of equivocation

: deliberate evasiveness in wording : the use of ambiguous or equivocal language Like any good teacher, he does his best to answer with clarity and minimal equivocation.— Eric Bugyis Let me say now without equivocation or need for reflection: Devils tower is the most amazing sight of my entire trip.— Mel White : an ambiguous or deliberately evasive statement His answers were filled with evasions and equivocations. Increasingly, the inaccuracies, the elisions, and the equivocations were viewed as deliberate acts of subversion, efforts to assert some control over the past instead of simply recording it.— Benjamin Soskis

First Known Use of equivocation

1609, in the meaning defined above

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“Equivocation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equivocation. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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