univ·​o·​cal | \ yü-ˈni-və-kəl How to pronounce univocal (audio) \

Definition of univocal

1 : having one meaning only
2 : unambiguous in search of a morally univocal answer

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Other Words from univocal

univocally \ yü-​ˈni-​və-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce univocally (audio) \ adverb

The History of Univocal

Earliest known print evidence of univocal, in the sense of "having one meaning only," dates the word to the mid-1500s, somewhat earlier than its more familiar antonym equivocal (meaning "often misleadingly subject to two or more interpretations"). 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.

Examples of univocal in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of univocal

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for univocal

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

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to engage in dissolute behavior

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