Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To use equivocal language to deceive someone or avoid committing oneself to a position. synonym: lie.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having a double signification.
  • To use words of a doubtful signification; express one's opinions in terms which admit of different interpretations; specifically, to use ambiguous expressions with a view to mislead; prevaricate.
  • To render equivocal; render false or lying.

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

  • intransitive verb To use words of equivocal or doubtful signification; to express one's opinions in terms which admit of different senses, with intent to deceive; to use ambiguous expressions with a view to mislead.
  • transitive verb To render equivocal or ambiguous.

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

  • verb intransitive To use words of equivocal or doubtful signification; to express one's opinions in terms which admit of different senses, with intent to deceive; to use ambiguous expressions with a view to mislead; as, to equivocate is the work of duplicity.
  • verb To render equivocal or ambiguous.

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

  • verb be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English equivocaten, from Medieval Latin aequivocāre, aequivocāt-, from Late Latin aequivocus, equivocal; see equivocal.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Medieval Latin aequivocātus, perfect passive participle of aequivocō ("I am called by the same name"), from Late Latin aequivocus ("ambiguous, equivocal"): confer French équivoquer. See equivocal.

Examples

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  • equivocate: to mislead.

    equivocarse: to be mistaken.

    January 10, 2008

  • I am in earnest

    I will not equivocate

    I will not excuse

    I will not retreat a single inch;

    and I will be heard.

    William Lloyd Garrison

    March 12, 2008