equivocation

Definitions:

  • The use of equivocal language.
  • An equivocal statement or expression.
  • In <em>logic</em>, a fallacy depending upon the double signification of some one word: distinguished from <internalXref urlencoded="amphibology">amphibology</internalXref>, which depends upon the doubtful interpretation of a whole sentence.
  • Ambiguity of speech; specifically, the use, with a view to mislead, of words or expressions susceptible of a double signification; prevarication.
  • <strong>Synonyms</strong> <em>Prevarication</em>, etc. (see <internalXref urlencoded="evasion">evasion</internalXref>); shuffling, quibbling, quibble, equivoke.
  • The use of expressions susceptible of a double signification, with a purpose to mislead.
  • A <xref>logical</xref> <xref>fallacy</xref> resulting from the use of <xref>multiple</xref> <xref>meanings</xref> of a <xref>single</xref> <xref>expression</xref>.
  • The use of expressions susceptible of a double signification, possibly intentionally and with the aim of misleading.
  • intentionally vague or ambiguous
  • a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth
  • falsification by means of vague or ambiguous language
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