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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. See Synonyms at lie2.
2. (Usage Problem) To behave in an indecisive manner; delay or procrastinate.
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).]
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.
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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: