Definition of equivocation in English:



  • [mass noun] The use of ambiguous language to conceal the truth or to avoid committing oneself; prevarication.

    ‘I say this without equivocation’
    • ‘Look, in my view it's due to, if you like, a bit of equivocation about earnings growth for the course of the next 12 months.’
    • ‘But Congressional equivocation also reflects Congressional ambivalence.’
    • ‘It is at any rate more candid than the notoriously slimy postwar equivocations of Albert Speer.’
    • ‘You read them and you see a man so cautiously calculating not to put a foot wrong that he envelops himself in a fog of caveats and equivocations.’
    • ‘I'm over-reacting, of course, but it seems that such reportage has more to do with equivocation than articulation.’
    • ‘So I can say that without any equivocation whatsoever.’
    • ‘Their equivocations seem to have taken our mandarins by surprise.’
    • ‘Despite the nobility of its conception, this odyssey will end in irresolution and equivocation - as indeed it must.’
    • ‘We'll publish pictures no one will publish, we'll show video no one will show, and we'll stay on it 24/7 until the truth penetrates through the lies and equivocations.’
    • ‘Inevitably the postelection media were full of tactful equivocations, brave faces and the search for silver linings.’
    • ‘I know there's been a lot of equivocation in this post.’
    • ‘With official equivocation over animal experiments, it isn't surprising that plans for a world-class primate research lab at Cambridge have been axed.’
    • ‘No question has been raised as to any equivocation, ambiguity or uncertainty in the interpretation of that will.’
    • ‘I say without equivocation to the House that the assets test is a logical and necessary expression of any genuine commitment to the pursuit of a needs based welfare system.’
    • ‘His reactions are relevant only because they seem to fit his career-long pattern of equivocation and calculation trying whenever possible to have it both ways.’
    • ‘Apparently, they didn't realize that the people who felt this way were looking for leadership on the issue not equivocation.’
    • ‘But in the meantime, I back the president's decision without any equivocation.’
    • ‘As someone who's been struggling with NOT getting things done for over forty years, I can say without equivocation that Allen's methods really do work.’
    • ‘The excuses, explanations and equivocations are strictly for public consumption.’
    • ‘While compassion makes us feel the richer for our magnanimity, justice stirs up far more complex emotions of self-justification and equivocation.’
    prevarication, vagueness, qualification, ambiguity, uncertainty, ambivalence, indecision, doubt
    beating about the bush, evasion, dodging, hedging, fudging, doublespeak
    Fencing, parrying
    vacillation, shilly-shallying, cavilling, wavering, quibbling, quibble
    temporizing, hesitation, shuffling
    humming and hawing
    waffle, waffling, flannel, weasel words
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