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equivocal - Dictionary definition and meaning for word equivocal

(adj) open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead
Synonyms : ambiguous
Example Sentence
  • an equivocal statement
  • the polling had a complex and equivocal (or ambiguous) message for potential female candidates
  • the officer's equivocal behavior increased the victim's uneasiness
  • popularity is an equivocal crown
  • an equivocal response to an embarrassing question

(adj) open to question
Example Sentence
  • aliens of equivocal loyalty
  • his conscience reproached him with the equivocal character of the union into which he had forced his son

(adj) uncertain as a sign or indication
Example Sentence
  • the evidence from bacteriologic analysis was equivocal

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for equivocal

If everyone spoke in an "equal-voice" you wouldn't be able to decipher who was calling.
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by codeblue

equally vocal about both the ideas which are contradictory..
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by jay_gandhi

It's just talk, it doesn't mean anything: It's EQUAL to VOCAL.
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by Jackery

Both party's advocates are equivocal. they always mislead judge.. vocate in advocate relates to vocal
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by swap.kamble

The opposite of equivocal (ambiguous/uncertain) is unequivocal (absolute/certain)
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by nic42991

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