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Having only one meaning; unambiguous.
A word or term having only one meaning.

[From Late Latin ūnivocus : Latin ūni-, uni- + Latin vocāre, to say; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.]

u·niv′o·cal·ly adv.


unambiguous or unmistakable
a word or term that has only one meaning
ˌuniˈvocally adv


(yuˈnɪv ə kəl, ˌyu nəˈvoʊ-)

having only one meaning; unambiguous.
[1535–45; < Late Latin ūnivōc(us) (ūni- uni- + -vōcus, adj. derivative of vōx, s. vōc-, voice) + -al1]
u•niv′o•cal•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.univocal - admitting of no doubt or misunderstandingunivocal - 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"
unambiguous - having or exhibiting a single clearly defined meaning; "As a horror, apartheid...is absolutely unambiguous"- Mario Vargas Llosa
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74) Adapting Hobbesian social contract theory, we call this second ontology a constitutional multitude: the people are conceived here as a subject multitude, but they are subject to a constitutional regime that exists by virtue of their own, earlier univocality.
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Ultimately, in the context of the poem's structure, the necklace refutes the univocality that Wealhtheow tries to impose on it through her interpretative operations; for the audience of the poem, it is a multivalent sign that looks backward to the Lay and forward to the eventual destruction of Heorot through treachery.
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The opening two chapters on textuality look at, respectively, the Barthes-led debate around the "death of the author" and Derrida's contestation of traditional views on the referentiality and univocality of discourse.
The agency of the code guarantees the univocality, and by the same token the respective positions of encoder and decoder.
The example of an unknown country as large as Russia reveals that there may be a problem with the necessary univocality of primary intensions.