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Definition of Equivocal


  1. (Literally, called equally one thing or the other; hence:) Having two significations equally applicable; capable of double interpretation; of doubtful meaning; ambiguous; uncertain; as, equivocal words; an equivocal sentence.
  2. Capable of being ascribed to different motives, or of signifying opposite feelings, purposes, or characters; deserving to be suspected; as, his actions are equivocal.
  3. Uncertain, as an indication or sign; doubtful.
  4. A word or expression capable of different meanings; an ambiguous term; an equivoque.

Equivocal Translations

equivocal in German is zweideutig, mehrdeutig
equivocal in Norwegian is tvetydig
equivocal in Swedish is tvivelaktig, tvetydig