equivocator


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e·quiv·o·cate

 (ĭ-kwĭv′ə-kāt′)
intr.v. e·quiv·o·cat·ed, e·quiv·o·cat·ing, e·quiv·o·cates
1. To use equivocal language in an attempt to mislead. See Synonyms at lie2.
2. To speak or write in an indecisive or noncommittal manner.

[Middle English equivocaten, from Medieval Latin aequivocāre, aequivocāt-, from Late Latin aequivocus, equivocal; see equivocal.]

e·quiv′o·ca′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.equivocator - a respondent who avoids giving a clear direct answer
answerer, responder, respondent - someone who responds
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