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equivocation


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Equivocation  \E*quiv`o*ca"tion\,  n. 
  The  use  of  expressions  susceptible  of  a  double  signification, 
  with  a  purpose  to  mislead. 
 
  There  being  no  room  for  equivocations,  there  is  no  need 
  of  distinctions.  --Locke. 
 
  Syn:  Prevarication;  ambiguity;  shuffling;  evasion;  guibbling. 
  See  {Equivocal},  a.,  and  {Prevaricate},  v.  i. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  equivocation 
  n  1:  a  statement  that  is  not  literally  false  but  that  cleverly 
  avoids  an  unpleasant  truth  [syn:  {evasion}] 
  2:  intentionally  vague  or  ambiguous  [syn:  {prevarication},  {evasiveness}] 
  3:  deliberate  vagueness  or  ambiguity  [syn:  {evasiveness}] 
  4:  falsification  by  means  of  vague  or  ambiguous  language  [syn: 
  {tergiversation}] 




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