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Jul
14
2014

equivocal

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ih kwI v@ k@l

adjective
definition:  having at least two plausible alternative meanings, often intentionally so, in order to deceive or avoid commitment; ambiguous.
example:  We had hoped that her answer would help us make our decision, but her reply was equivocal.

definition 2:  doubtful or undecided, as in one’s opinion or attitude toward something.
example:  Her feelings about her son’s choice of a wife were equivocal.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the adjective equivocal

equivocal + NOUN:    ~ conclusion, ~ reply, ~ tone, ~ reaction, ~ attitude, ~ statement, ~ stance, ~ position, ~ finding, ~ evidence,  ~ review,  ~ support

Note:  The opposite of equivocal is the equally important word unequivocal, which is defined as “allowing no doubt or uncertainty” as in the example  The experiment was an unequivocal success.  Here is a link to the full entry for unequivocal.  Collocations for the adjective unequivocal include:  ~ answer,  ~ conclusion, ~ evidence, ~ failure, ~ identification, ~ indication, ~ message, ~ proof, ~ rejection, ~ reply, ~ sign, ~ stand, ~ statement, ~ success, ~ victory