[ US /ɪˈkwɪvəkəɫ/ ]
[ UK /ɪkwˈɪvəkə‍l/ ]
  1. open to question
    aliens of equivocal loyalty
    his conscience reproached him with the equivocal character of the union into which he had forced his son
  2. uncertain as a sign or indication
    the evidence from bacteriologic analysis was equivocal
  3. open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead
    the officer's equivocal behavior increased the victim's uneasiness
    the polling had a complex and equivocal (or ambiguous) message for potential female candidates
    popularity is an equivocal crown
    an equivocal response to an embarrassing question
    an equivocal statement
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How To Use equivocal In A Sentence

  • But equivocalness hangs in the air - we're waiting for it to tip over.
  • The unequivocal monotheism of Islam served to unite all.
  • It is very good to have such a clear and unequivocal statement.
  • At the meeting in Milan he received the unequivocal support of the board. Times, Sunday Times
  • The message was unequivocal and unanimous: far from it being over, we are at only the very beginning of this crisis. Times, Sunday Times
  • It was as impossible to be ambivalent about Diana as it is to be equivocal about going to war.
  • We the Muslims unequivocally condemn abuse of the phrase Allahu Akbar and call on the imams and the scholars to recondition appropriate use of the phrase. Mike Ghouse: Allahu Akbar Is Abused
  • He must send an unequivocal message about the behaviour he expects of bankers, the accountability of the boss and the values of the City. Times, Sunday Times
  • Senator Jim Webb, the Virginia Democrat, former Navy Secretary and once and forever Marine, said unequivocally today that he was not interested in serving as Senator Barack Obama's running mate.
  • These normally nuanced characters briefly became vessels for issue-based polemic rather than wry, subtle dialogue - and even to unequivocal admirers, this is a serious wobble.
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