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v. pre·var·i·cat·ed, pre·var·i·cat·ing, pre·var·i·cates
1. To speak or write evasively; equivocate. See Synonyms at lie2.
2. To behave in an evasive or indecisive manner, usually in delay: "For months, Lennox prevaricated but at last ... he accepted the inevitable and left Scotland for France" (Magnus Magnusson).
To utter or say in an evasive manner.
[Latin praevāricārī, praevāricāt-, to straddle across (something), collude (used of lawyers) : prae-, pre- + vāricāre, to straddle (from vāricus, straddling, from vārus, bow-legged, bandy).]
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|Noun||1.||prevarication - a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth|
fib, taradiddle, tarradiddle, tale, story - a trivial lie; "he told a fib about eating his spinach"; "how can I stop my child from telling stories?"
jactitation - (law) a false boast that can harm others; especially a false claim to be married to someone (formerly actionable at law)
white lie - an unimportant lie (especially one told to be tactful or polite)
|2.||prevarication - intentionally vague or ambiguous|
untruthfulness - the quality of being untruthful
|3.||prevarication - the deliberate act of deviating from the truth|
1. The use or an instance of equivocal language: