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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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