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verb (equivocat, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To use words of equivocal or doubtful signification; to express one's opinions in terms which admit of different senses, with intent to deceive; to use ambiguous expressions with a view to mislead; as, to equivocate is the work of duplicity.
All that Garnet had to say for him was that he supposed he meant to . -Bp. Stillingfleet.
  1. To render equivocal or ambiguous.
He equivocated his vow by a mental reservation. -Sir G. Buck.
    Etymology: aequivocatus, present participle of aequivocari to be called by the same name, from Latin aequivocus: confer équivoquer. See equivocal.

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