Equivocate



[ih-kwiv-uh-keyt] /ɪˈkwɪv əˌkeɪt/

verb (used without object), equivocated, equivocating.
1.
to use ambiguous or unclear expressions, usually to avoid commitment or in order to mislead; prevaricate or hedge:
When asked directly for his position on disarmament, the candidate only equivocated.
/ɪˈkwɪvəˌkeɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to use vague or ambiguous language, esp in order to avoid speaking directly or honestly; hedge
v.

early 15c., equivocaten, from Medieval Latin equivocatus, past participle of equivocare “to call by the same name,” from Late Latin aequivocus (see equivocation). Related: Equivocated; equivocating.

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