equivocation :

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i kwi vuh kay shuhn

  • n  a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth
  • n  intentionally vague or ambiguous
  • n  falsification by means of vague or ambiguous language

  • He apologized quickly and without equivocation, and I'm appreciative of that.
  • I believe that we must reject torture without equivocation because it does not make us safe, it results in unreliable intelligence, it puts our troops at risk, and it contradicts .
  • The firmness is good, but just a dab of equivocation wouldn't hurt.
News & Articles

  • If Edward Snowden Is a Criminal, Why Aren’t the Rest of Us Criminals As Well?
    “We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds: we have been drenched by many storms; we have learnt the arts of equivocation and pretence; experience has made us suspicious of others and kept us from being truthful and open; intolerable conflicts have worn us down and even made us cynical.
    June 11, 2013 - The Gilmer Mirror
  • Commentator is right about Obama's weakness on Syria
    Re "Obama's doctrine of equivocation adds to bloodbath in Syria" (Viewpoints, June 7)
    June 7, 2013 - The Sacramento Bee
  • Myths, misstatements surround Trayvon Martin's death
    For days last summer, various news outlets analyzed the voice of George Zimmerman during his Feb. 26, 2012 call to Sanford police, and reached a conclusion that was inflammatory, shocking and false. Asked by HLN anchor Nancy Grace what he heard on the tape, one of the lawyers representing the family of Trayvon Martin said without equivocation: "He said coon." No, in fact, both sides of the ...
    June 6, 2013 - Local 6 Orlando

  • John McCain in ABC News
    And even now, for all the successes of NAFTA, we have to defend it without equivocation in political debate, because it is critical to the future of so many Canadian and American workers and businesses,McCain said in his speech, referring to...
  • Barack Obama in ABC News
    This morning, I signed three executive orders. First, I can say without exception or equivocation that the United States will not torture,Obama said, receiving loud applause from the crowd.
  • Michael Steele in msnbc.com
    On the other matter, in terms of Afghanistan and all of that,Steele began, "let me be very clear: Absolutely, without equivocation, or doubt or hesitation, I'm foursquare, a thousand percent with our troops on the ground. My goodness, do...

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