equivocation

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e·quiv·o·ca·tion

 (ĭ-kwĭv′ə-kā′shən)
n.
1. The use of equivocal language.
2. An equivocal statement or expression.
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equivocation

(ɪˌkwɪvəˈkeɪʃən)
n
1. the act or an instance of equivocating
2. (Logic) logic a fallacy based on the use of the same term in different senses, esp as the middle term of a syllogism, as the badger lives in the bank, and the bank is in the High Street, so the badger lives in the High Street
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.equivocation - a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truthequivocation - a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth
deception, misrepresentation, deceit - a misleading falsehood
indirect expression, circumlocution - an indirect way of expressing something
doublespeak - any language that pretends to communicate but actually does not
hedging, hedge - an intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement; "when you say `maybe' you are just hedging"
cavil, quibble, quiddity - an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
2.equivocation - intentionally vague or ambiguous
equivocalness, ambiguity - unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning
untruthfulness - the quality of being untruthful
3.equivocation - falsification by means of vague or ambiguous language
falsification, misrepresentation - a willful perversion of facts
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equivocation

noun ambiguity, evasion, hedging, waffle (informal, chiefly Brit.), shuffling, quibbling, prevarication, weasel words (informal, chiefly U.S.), double talk, tergiversation, doubtfulness Why doesn't he just say what he thinks without equivocation?
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equivocation

noun
1. The use or an instance of equivocal language:
Informal: waffle.
2. An expression or term liable to more than one interpretation:
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Translations
équivocitééquivoque

equivocation

[ɪˌkwɪvəˈkeɪʃən] Nevasivas fpl
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equivocation

[ɪˌkwɪvəˈkeɪʃən] néquivoque f
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equivocation

nAusflucht f, → doppelsinnige or ausweichende Formulierung; without equivocationohne Ausflüchte
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equivocation

[ɪˌkwɪvəˈkeɪʃn] nparole fpl equivoche
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In the third section I prove that the example is invalidated by a fallacy of equivocation. In the fourth section I show that it is true that different axiomatic bases can react differently to changes, but I argue that this fact is not a sufficient reason to prefer taking as a basis the rules enacted, because sometimes there are methodological reasons for choosing a different basis.
The fallacy of equivocation becomes the means by which they deceive themselves about complementarity--and thereby about what marriage is.
Pini shows that Scotus solves this aporia by making cognition of substances inferential: we can infer that substances of different kinds underlie different sorts of collections of accidents, and to do this both substances and accidents must realize the same concept of being, lest our inferences be guilty of the fallacy of equivocation.