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pre·var·i·cate

 (prĭ-văr′ĭ-kāt′)
v. pre·var·i·cat·ed, pre·var·i·cat·ing, pre·var·i·cates
v.intr.
1. To speak or write evasively. See Synonyms at lie2.
2. (Usage Problem) To behave in an indecisive manner; delay or procrastinate.
v.tr.
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).]

pre·var′i·ca′tion n.
pre·var′i·ca′tor n.
Usage Note: The traditional meaning of prevaricate is "to speak or write evasively." In recent years, a second sense has developed, meaning "to behave in an indecisive manner; delay or procrastinate," perhaps influenced by equivocate, which primarily means "to speak evasively" but can also mean "to be indecisive." In American English, this second sense is widely considered an error, and a large majority of the Usage Panel finds it unacceptable. In 2011, 78 percent of the Panel disapproved of the "delay" sense of the word as used in the sentence He prevaricated for some two years before accepting the new design for production. This usage is more commonly encountered in British English, as in this quotation from the BBC News: As the industry prevaricated, sales collapsed.

prevaricate

(prɪˈværɪˌkeɪt)
vb
(intr) to speak or act falsely or evasively with intent to deceive
[C16: from Latin praevāricārī to walk crookedly, from prae beyond + vāricare to straddle the legs; compare Latin vārus bent]
preˌvariˈcation n
preˈvariˌcator n

pre•var•i•cate

(prɪˈvær ɪˌkeɪt)

v.i. -cat•ed, -cat•ing.
to speak falsely, misleadingly, or so as to avoid the truth; deliberately misstate; equivocate; lie.
[1575–85; < Latin praevāricātus, past participle of praevāricārī to straddle something, (of an advocate) collude with an opponent's advocate]
pre•var`i•ca′tion, n.
pre•var′i•ca`tor, n.

prevaricate


Past participle: prevaricated
Gerund: prevaricating

Imperative
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Present
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Preterite
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we prevaricated
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Present Continuous
I am prevaricating
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Present Perfect
I have prevaricated
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Past Continuous
I was prevaricating
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Past Perfect
I had prevaricated
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Future
I will prevaricate
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Future Perfect
I will have prevaricated
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Future Continuous
I will be prevaricating
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been prevaricating
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been prevaricating
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been prevaricating
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we had been prevaricating
you had been prevaricating
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Conditional
I would prevaricate
you would prevaricate
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we would prevaricate
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Past Conditional
I would have prevaricated
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we would have prevaricated
you would have prevaricated
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.prevaricate - be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
misinform, mislead - give false or misleading information to

prevaricate

verb evade, lie, shift, hedge, shuffle, dodge, deceive, flannel (Brit. informal), quibble, beg the question, beat about the bush, cavil, equivocate, stretch the truth, palter, give a false colour to British ministers continued to prevaricate on the issue.
be direct, be frank, be straightforward, be blunt, come straight to the point, not beat about the bush

prevaricate

verb
1. To stray from truthfulness or sincerity:
2. To make untrue declarations:
Law: perjure.
Translations

prevaricate

[prɪˈværɪkeɪt] VIandar con rodeos

prevaricate

[prɪˈværɪkeɪt] vitergiverser

prevaricate

prevaricate

[prɪˈværɪˌkeɪt] vitergiversare
References in classic literature ?
Cavilling, not gravelling," said Don Quixote, "thou prevaricator of honest language, God confound thee
It was evident he took me for a perfectly shame- less prevaricator.
My friend Melvin Forbes, owner of New Ultra Light Arms, acquired a Barr & Stroud for shooting long-range "groundhogs" (woodchucks) in West Virginia, and it was very helpful during the Groundhog Shooters and Prevaricators Conference he used to host annually.
Self-styled news providers who are actually prevaricators and purveyors of falsehood are preying on the gullible and undiscerning public.
The prevaricators on Capitol Hill and in the White House often got a needed boost by the willing handmaidens and men of the mass media.
We are not nearly as critical of profligators, proliferators, prognosticators or prevaricators.
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false statements by unscrupulous prevaricators," but that it
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There's more than a touch of reason behind the humorous stereotype that we fishermen are inveterate prevaricators.