from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an equivocal manner; so as to leave the matter uncertain; ambiguously; uncertainly; doubtfully.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In an equivocal manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb With ambiguity.
  • adverb With uncertainty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in an ambiguous manner


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