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equivocate


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Equivocate  \E*quiv"o*cate\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Equivocated}; 
  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Equivocating}.]  [L.  aequivocatus  p.  p.  of 
  aequivocari  to  be  called  by  the  same  name  fr  L.  aequivocus: 
  cf  F.  ['e]quivoquer.  See  {Equivocal},  a.] 
  To  use  words  of  equivocal  or  doubtful  signification;  to 
  express  one's  opinions  in  terms  which  admit  of  different 
  senses  with  intent  to  deceive;  to  use  ambiguous  expressions 
  with  a  view  to  mislead;  as  to  equivocate  is  the  work  of 
  duplicity. 
 
  All  that  Garnet  had  to  say  for  him  was  that  he  supposed 
  he  meant  to  equivocate.  --Bp. 
  Stillingfleet 
 
  Syn:  To  prevaricate;  evade;  shuffle;  quibble.  See 
  {Prevaricate}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Equivocate  \E*quiv"o*cate\,  v.  t. 
  To  render  equivocal  or  ambiguous. 
 
  He  equivocated  his  vow  by  a  mental  reservation.  --Sir 
  G.  Buck. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  equivocate 
  v  :  be  deliberately  ambiguous  or  unclear  in  order  to  mislead  or 
  withhold  information  [syn:  {tergiversate},  {prevaricate}, 
  {palter}] 




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