equivocal equivocal  /ɪ ˈkwɪ və kəl/

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead
  2. (adj) open to question
  3. (adj) uncertain as a sign or indication

Usage(s):

  1. The Mayor's answer was equivocal and manipulative and the journalists present were clearly not amused with the answer.
  2. It is not surprising that wars that have equivocal support from the people are usually never won.
  3. The war hero's equivocal portrayal in Showtime has definitely taken some sheen off the medals on his chest.

News

  • ‘Pandora’s Promise’: Reconsidering a nuclear option (review)

    It has got to be a weird experience, for both environmentalists and supporters of nuclear power alike, to watch "Pandora's Promise." Although the documentary ultimately argues in favor of nuclear power, an energy source that's anathema to many tree huggers, it does so in a way that's less strenuous than strenuously ambivalent. In the end, its somewhat equivocal message — that nuclear power might ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Troy Record

Quotes

  1. The prime minister told a sombre Commons: "The conclusions of this report are absolutely clear. There is no doubt, there is nothing equivocal, there are no ambiguities. What happened on Bloody Sunday was both unjustified and unjustifiable. It was...
    on Jun 15, 2010 By: David Cameron Source: The Guardian

  2. "I supported the Bush tax cuts. John McCain voted with the Democrats against the Bush tax cuts and Mitt Romney was equivocal in his support," Giuliani said.
    on Jan 19, 2008 By: Rudy Giuliani Source: Forbes

  3. "Obama's posture has been very equivocal, without a clear message," said Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., the House minority whip. "I would like to see a strong statement from him that has moral clarity."
    on Jun 18, 2009 By: Eric Cantor Source: United Press International

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