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equivocal

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  • a  open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead
    an equivocal statement
    the polling had a complex and equivocal (or ambiguous) message for potential female candidates
    the officer's equivocal behavior increased the victim's uneasiness
    popularity is an equivocal crown
    an equivocal response to an embarrassing question
  • s  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"-Anna Jameson
  • s  uncertain as a sign or indication
    the evidence from bacteriologic analysis was equivocal

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

  • ‘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 ...
    June 13, 2013 - The Troy Record
Quotes

  • Rudy Giuliani in Forbes
    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.
  • Eric Cantor in United Press International
    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."

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