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e·quiv·o·cal

 (ĭ-kwĭv′ə-kəl)
adj.
1. Open to two or more interpretations and often intended to conceal the truth. See Synonyms at ambiguous.
2. Characterized by a mixture of opposing elements and therefore questionable or uncertain: Evidence of the drug's effectiveness has been equivocal.

[From Late Latin aequivocus : Latin aequi-, equi- + Latin vocāre, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.]

e·quiv′o·cal′i·ty (-kăl′ĭ-tē), e·quiv′o·cal·ness n.
e·quiv′o·cal·ly adv.

equivocal

(ɪˈkwɪvəkəl)
adj
1. capable of varying interpretations; ambiguous
2. deliberately misleading or vague; evasive
3. of doubtful character or sincerity; dubious
[C17: from Late Latin aequivocus, from Latin equi- + vōx voice]
eˈquivocally adv
eˌquivoˈcality, eˈquivocalness n

e•quiv•o•cal

(ɪˈkwɪv ə kəl)

adj.
1. allowing the possibility of more than one meaning or interpretation, esp. with intent to mislead; ambiguous: an equivocal answer.
2. of doubtful nature or character; questionable.
3. of uncertain significance; not determined.
[1375–1425; (< Medieval Latin aequivocus identical in name = Latin aequi- equi- + -vocus, derivative of vōx voice) + -al1]
e•quiv`o•cal′i•ty, n.
e•quiv′o•cal•ly, adv.
e•quiv′o•cal•ness, n.
syn: See ambiguous.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.equivocal - open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead; "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"
ambiguous - having more than one possible meaning; "ambiguous words"; "frustrated by ambiguous instructions, the parents were unable to assemble the toy"
unequivocal, univocal, unambiguous - admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; having only one meaning or interpretation and leading to only one conclusion; "unequivocal evidence"; "took an unequivocal position"; "an unequivocal success"; "an unequivocal promise"; "an unequivocal (or univocal) statement"
2.equivocal - open to question; "aliens of equivocal loyalty"; "his conscience reproached him with the equivocal character of the union into which he had forced his son"-Anna Jameson
questionable - subject to question; "questionable motives"; "a questionable reputation"; "a fire of questionable origin"
3.equivocal - uncertain as a sign or indication; "the evidence from bacteriologic analysis was equivocal"
inconclusive - not conclusive; not putting an end to doubt or question; "an inconclusive reply"; "inconclusive evidence"; "the inconclusive committee vote"

equivocal

equivocal

adjective
1. Liable to more than one interpretation:
2. Deliberately ambiguous or vague:
4. Of dubious character:
Informal: fishy.
Translations

equivocal

[ɪˈkwɪvəkəl] ADJ [statement, behaviour] → equívoco

equivocal

[ɪˈkwɪvəkəl] adj
(= evasive) [reply] → équivoque
(= contradictory) → ambigu(ë)
(= uncertain) to be equivocal about sth → être indécis(e) quant à qch

equivocal

adj (form)
(= ambiguous, vague) reply, responsezweideutig; statement, commentunklar, vage; positionunklar, unbestimmt; results, researchunklar; evidencenicht schlüssig; she was equivocalsie legte sich nicht fest; he was more equivocaler drückte sich unklarer aus
(= ambivalent) attitudezwiespältig, ambivalent; personambivalent; (= undecided)unentschieden; to be equivocal about somethingkeine klare Meinung zu etw haben; public opinion is equivocal about itdie öffentliche Meinung ist darüber geteilt

equivocal

[ɪˈkwɪvəkl] adjequivoco/a; (open to suspicion) → dubbio/a

equivocal

a. equívoco-a;
___ symptomsíntoma equívoco.
References in classic literature ?
Thus, all things considered, Haley, with rather an equivocal grace, proceeded to the parlor, while Sam, rolling his eyes after him with unutterable meaning, proceeded gravely with the horses to the stable-yard.
But there was less equivocal testimony, which the credulity of the assembly, or of the greater part, greedily swallowed, however incredible.
I forbear to dwell upon the subject of expense; though it be evident that if the council should be numerous enough to answer the principal end aimed at by the institution, the salaries of the members, who must be drawn from their homes to reside at the seat of government, would form an item in the catalogue of public expenditures too serious to be incurred for an object of equivocal utility.
All new laws, though penned with the greatest technical skill, and passed on the fullest and most mature deliberation, are considered as more or less obscure and equivocal, until their meaning be liquidated and ascertained by a series of particular discussions and adjudications.
It was this deficiency, I considered, while running over in thought the perfect keeping of the character of the premises with the accredited character of the people, and while speculating upon the possible influence which the one, in the long lapse of centuries, might have exercised upon the other--it was this deficiency, perhaps, of collateral issue, and the consequent undeviating transmission, from sire to son, of the patrimony with the name, which had, at length, so identified the two as to merge the original title of the estate in the quaint and equivocal appellation of the "House of Usher"--an appellation which seemed to include, in the minds of the peasantry who used it, both the family and the family mansion.
Peter Van Tromp, an English-speaking, two-legged animal of the international genus, and by profession of general and more than equivocal utility.
Elizabeth saw directly that her father had not the smallest intention of yielding; but his answers were at the same time so vague and equivocal, that her mother, though often disheartened, had never yet despaired of succeeding at last.
D'Artagnan, however, gathered from his equivocal replies that the road to the right was the one he ought to take, and on that uncertain information he resumed his journey.
But he did not move from the door- way and returned my stare in an extraordinary, equivocal manner for a time.
These were now reduced to the equivocal substance which I had just placed on the leaf.
When reason returned with the morning - when I had slept off the fumes of the night's debauch - I experienced a sentiment half of horror, half of remorse, for the crime of which I had been guilty; but it was, at best, a feeble and equivocal feeling, and the soul remained untouched.
At each corner of the table stood saucers, filled with a thick fluid of some what equivocal color and consistence, variegated with small dark lumps of a substance that resembled nothing but itself, which Remarkable termed her “sweetmeats.