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e·quiv·o·cal

 (ĭ-kwĭv′ə-kəl)
adj.
1. Open to two or more interpretations and often intended to conceal the truth. See Synonyms at ambiguous.
2. Characterized by a mixture of opposing elements and therefore questionable or uncertain: Evidence of the drug's effectiveness has been equivocal.

[From Late Latin aequivocus : Latin aequi-, equi- + Latin vocāre, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.]

e·quiv′o·cal′i·ty (-kăl′ĭ-tē), e·quiv′o·cal·ness n.
e·quiv′o·cal·ly adv.

equivocal

(ɪˈkwɪvəkəl)
adj
1. capable of varying interpretations; ambiguous
2. deliberately misleading or vague; evasive
3. of doubtful character or sincerity; dubious
[C17: from Late Latin aequivocus, from Latin equi- + vōx voice]
eˈquivocally adv
eˌquivoˈcality, eˈquivocalness n

e•quiv•o•cal

(ɪˈkwɪv ə kəl)

adj.
1. allowing the possibility of more than one meaning or interpretation, esp. with intent to mislead; ambiguous: an equivocal answer.
2. of doubtful nature or character; questionable.
3. of uncertain significance; not determined.
[1375–1425; (< Medieval Latin aequivocus identical in name = Latin aequi- equi- + -vocus, derivative of vōx voice) + -al1]
e•quiv`o•cal′i•ty, n.
e•quiv′o•cal•ly, adv.
e•quiv′o•cal•ness, n.
syn: See ambiguous.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.equivocal - open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead; "an equivocal statement"; "the polling had a complex and equivocal (or ambiguous) message for potential female candidates"; "the officer's equivocal behavior increased the victim's uneasiness"; "popularity is an equivocal crown"; "an equivocal response to an embarrassing question"
ambiguous - having more than one possible meaning; "ambiguous words"; "frustrated by ambiguous instructions, the parents were unable to assemble the toy"
unequivocal, univocal, unambiguous - admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; having only one meaning or interpretation and leading to only one conclusion; "unequivocal evidence"; "took an unequivocal position"; "an unequivocal success"; "an unequivocal promise"; "an unequivocal (or univocal) statement"
2.equivocal - open to question; "aliens of equivocal loyalty"; "his conscience reproached him with the equivocal character of the union into which he had forced his son"-Anna Jameson
questionable - subject to question; "questionable motives"; "a questionable reputation"; "a fire of questionable origin"
3.equivocal - uncertain as a sign or indication; "the evidence from bacteriologic analysis was equivocal"
inconclusive - not conclusive; not putting an end to doubt or question; "an inconclusive reply"; "inconclusive evidence"; "the inconclusive committee vote"

equivocal

equivocal

adjective
1. Liable to more than one interpretation:
2. Deliberately ambiguous or vague:
4. Of dubious character:
Informal: fishy.
Translations

equivocal

[ɪˈkwɪvəkəl] ADJ [statement, behaviour] → equívoco

equivocal

[ɪˈkwɪvəkəl] adj
(= evasive) [reply] → équivoque
(= contradictory) → ambigu(ë)
(= uncertain) to be equivocal about sth → être indécis(e) quant à qch

equivocal

adj (form)
(= ambiguous, vague) reply, responsezweideutig; statement, commentunklar, vage; positionunklar, unbestimmt; results, researchunklar; evidencenicht schlüssig; she was equivocalsie legte sich nicht fest; he was more equivocaler drückte sich unklarer aus
(= ambivalent) attitudezwiespältig, ambivalent; personambivalent; (= undecided)unentschieden; to be equivocal about somethingkeine klare Meinung zu etw haben; public opinion is equivocal about itdie öffentliche Meinung ist darüber geteilt

equivocal

[ɪˈkwɪvəkl] adjequivoco/a; (open to suspicion) → dubbio/a

equivocal

a. equívoco-a;
___ symptomsíntoma equívoco.
References in classic literature ?
On reflection, I must acknowledge that my situation here is somewhat equivocal,” said Edwards, “though I may be said to have purchased it with my blood.
Elizabeth saw directly that her father had not the smallest intention of yielding; but his answers were at the same time so vague and equivocal, that her mother, though often disheartened, had never yet despaired of succeeding at last.
Wrench, said that the symptoms yesterday might have been disguising, and that this form of fever was very equivocal in its beginnings: he would go immediately to the druggist's and have a prescription made up in order to lose no time, but he would write to Mr.
Johnson, the man who had chafed me raw when I first came aboard, seemed the least equivocal of the men forward or aft.
They, who were of that equivocal age which admitted them to the hunts, while their discretion was still too doubtful to permit them to be trusted on the war-path, hung around the skirts of the whole, catching, from the fierce models before them, that gravity of demeanour and restraint of manner, which in time was to become so deeply ingrafted in their own characters.
He mingles in the narrative, therefore, a well deserved feeling of execration against the tyrant who employed the torture, which a tone of ridicule towards the patient, as if, after all, it had not been ill bestowed on such an equivocal and amphibious character as a titular abbot.
All new laws, though penned with the greatest technical skill, and passed on the fullest and most mature deliberation, are considered as more or less obscure and equivocal, until their meaning be liquidated and ascertained by a series of particular discussions and adjudications.
Peter Van Tromp, an English-speaking, two-legged animal of the international genus, and by profession of general and more than equivocal utility.
D'Artagnan, however, gathered from his equivocal replies that the road to the right was the one he ought to take, and on that uncertain information he resumed his journey.
Athos fancied he could detect an air of equivocal bonhomie upon the countenance of the sergeant; but the adventure of the vault might have excited the curiosity of the man, and it was not surprising that he allowed some of the feelings which agitated his mind to appear in his face.
Stuart by no means relished such equivocal joking, but it was not his policy to get into a quarrel; so he joined with the best grace he could assume in the merriment of the jocular giant; and, to console the latter for the refusal of the horse, made him a present of twenty charges of powder.
And when Bragelonne, ardent, angry, and melancholy, spoke with contempt of royal words, of the equivocal faith which certain madmen draw from promises that emanate from thrones, when, passing over two centuries, with that rapidity of a bird that traverses a narrow strait to go from one continent to the other, Raoul ventured to predict the time in which kings would be esteemed as less than other men, Athos said to him, in his serene, persuasive voice, "You are right, Raoul; all that you say will happen; kings will lose their privileges, as stars which have survived their aeons lose their splendor.