equivocal

Definitions:

  • Open to two or more interpretations and often intended to conceal the truth. <i>synonym</i>: <strong> ambiguous</strong>.
  • Characterized by a mixture of opposing elements and therefore questionable or uncertain.
  • Being of doubtful signification; capable of being understood in different senses; ambiguous; doubtful: as, an <em>equivocal</em> word, term, or sense; an <em>equivocal</em> answer.
  • Of doubtful quality, origin, or significance; capable of being ascribed to different motives or causes; suspicious; dubious: as, an <em>equivocal</em> character; <em>equivocal</em> relations; an <em>equivocal</em> reputation.
  • Equivocating.
  • <strong>Synonyms</strong> <em>Doubtful, Ambiguous</em>, etc. (see <internalXref urlencoded="obscure">obscure</internalXref>, a.); indeterminate.
  • A word or term of doubtful meaning, or capable of different interpretations.
  • A word or expression capable of different meanings; an ambiguous term; an equivoque.
  • (Literally, <ex>called equally</ex> one thing or the other; hence:) Having two significations equally applicable; capable of double interpretation; of doubtful meaning; ambiguous; uncertain
  • Capable of being ascribed to different motives, or of signifying opposite feelings, purposes, or characters; deserving to be suspected.
  • Uncertain, as an indication or sign; doubtful.
  • a chord which can be resolved into several distinct keys; one whose intervals, being all minor thirds, do not clearly indicate its fundamental tone or root; the chord of the diminished triad, and the diminished seventh.
  • A word or expression capable of different meanings; an <xref>ambiguous</xref> term; an <xref>equivoque</xref>.
  • Having two or more significations equally applicable; capable of double or multiple interpretation; of doubtful meaning; <xref>ambiguous</xref>; <xref>uncertain</xref>; as, equivocal words; an equivocal sentence.
  • Capable of being ascribed to different motives, or of signifying opposite <xref>feelings</xref>, <xref>purposes</xref>, or <xref>characters</xref>; deserving to be <xref>suspected</xref>; as, his actions are equivocal.
  • Uncertain, as an indication or sign; <xref>doubtful</xref>, <xref>incongruous</xref>.
  • open to question
  • uncertain as a sign or indication
  • open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead
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