Definitions for: Equivocation

[n] falsification by means of vague or ambiguous language
[n] intentionally vague or ambiguous
[n] a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth

Webster (1913) Definition: E*quiv`o*ca"tion, n.
The use of expressions susceptible of a double signification,
with a purpose to mislead.

There being no room for equivocations, there is no need
of distinctions. --Locke.

Syn: Prevarication; ambiguity; shuffling; evasion; guibbling.
See Equivocal, a., and Prevaricate, v. i.

Synonyms: evasion, evasiveness, prevarication, tergiversation

See Also: ambiguity, circumlocution, deceit, deception, doublespeak, equivocalness, falsification, hedge, hedging, indirect expression, misrepresentaation, misrepresentation, quibble, quiddity, untruthfulness

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