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equivocal

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1 giving good reason for being doubted, questioned, or challenged
  • the evidence that this latest diet really results in lasting weight loss is certainly equivocal

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2 having an often intentionally veiled or uncertain meaning
  • he responded to the reporter's questions with equivocal answers or refusals to comment

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3 having a mixture of opposing feelings
  • a number of people are clearly equivocal about allowing casino gambling in the state

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obscure, dark, vague, enigmatic, cryptic, ambiguous, equivocal mean not clearly understandable. obscure implies a hiding or veiling of meaning through some inadequacy of expression or withholding of full knowledge. obscure poems dark implies an imperfect or clouded revelation often with ominous or sinister suggestion. muttered dark hints of revenge vague implies a lack of clear formulation due to inadequate conception or consideration. a vague sense of obligation enigmatic stresses a puzzling, mystifying quality. enigmatic occult writings cryptic implies a purposely concealed meaning. cryptic hints of hidden treasure ambiguous applies to language capable of more than one interpretation. an ambiguous directive equivocal applies to language left open to differing interpretations with the intention of deceiving or evading. moral precepts with equivocal phrasing

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“Equivocal.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/equivocal. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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