Definition of equivocal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪˈkwɪvəkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈkwɪvəkl//
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  1. 1(of words or statements) not having one clear or definite meaning or intention; able to be understood in more than one way synonym ambiguous She gave an equivocal answer, typical of a politician. Women were less equivocal than men on the subject of fidelity in marriage.
  2. 2(of actions or behaviour) difficult to understand or explain clearly or easily The experiments produced equivocal results.
  3. see also unequivocal
    Word Originmid 16th cent.: from late Latin aequivocus, from Latin aequus ‘equally’ + vocare ‘to call’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: equivocal