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An equivocal word used to deprive a statement of its force or to evade a direct commitment.
[From the weasel's habit of sucking the contents out of an egg without breaking the shell.]
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a word used to avoid stating something forthrightly or directly; a word that makes one's views misleading or confusing.
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|Noun||1.||weasel word - an equivocal qualification; a word used to avoid making an outright assertion|
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