from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The use of equivocal language.
- n. An equivocal statement or expression.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A logical fallacy resulting from the use of multiple meanings of a single expression.
- n. The use of expressions susceptible of a double signification, possibly intentionally and with the aim of misleading.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The use of expressions susceptible of a double signification, with a purpose to mislead.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In logic, a fallacy depending upon the double signification of some one word: distinguished from amphibology, which depends upon the doubtful interpretation of a whole sentence.
- n. Ambiguity of speech; specifically, the use, with a view to mislead, of words or expressions susceptible of a double signification; prevarication.
- n. Synonyms Prevarication, etc. (see evasion); shuffling, quibbling, quibble, equivoke.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. intentionally vague or ambiguous
- n. a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth
- n. falsification by means of vague or ambiguous language
The second mode is by an _æquivocatio_, which is not equivalent to the English word "equivocation," but means sometimes a _play upon words_, sometimes an _evasion_.
Ahhhh, the sweet sound of equivocation from a marginalized political opponent.
IOW Nick Matzke is engaging in equivocation by saying evidence for evolution is evidence for blind, undirected chemical processes.
The sexual and moral equivocation is handled with cool assurance.
Notice that once the equivocation is removed, the argument becomes a non sequiter.
And I was hoping that you were going to acknowledge the elephant in the polling station and convince me that all of this apparent equivocation is tactical and not real.
The equivocation is that it was financed from profits made from the manufacture of, among other chemical products such as artificial rubber, leather, silk and precious stone, chemical explosives which were invented and manufactured by Alfred Nobel, a Swedish chemist and industrialist.
A) I agree there was no equivocation on your part, but equivocation is a frequently employed tactic in the cultural war.
All evidence shows it is the evolutionists who engage in equivocation.
One of these, and the best known, is equivocation, which is non-formal but has a massive influence on the validity of arguments -- an argument can only be valid on the presupposition that it does not equivocate.