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 \yü-ˈni-və-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?

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.

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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