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Synonyms for equivocal
ɪˈkwɪv ə kəlequiv·o·cal

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Wiktionary

  1. equivocalnoun

    Synonyms:
    double entendre, ambiguous, doubtful, indeterminate, uncertain

    Antonyms:
    unequivocal

  2. equivocaladjective

    (Literally, called equally one thing or the other; hence:) Having two or more significations equally applicable; capable of double or multiple interpretation; of doubtful meaning; ambiguous; uncertain; as, equivocal words; an equivocal sentence.

    Synonyms:
    double entendre, doubtful, ambiguous, indeterminate, uncertain

    Antonyms:
    unequivocal

  3. equivocaladjective

    Capable of being ascribed to different motives, or of signifying opposite feelings, purposes, or characters; deserving to be suspected; as, his actions are equivocal.

    Synonyms:
    doubtful, indeterminate, uncertain, ambiguous

    Antonyms:
    unequivocal

  4. equivocaladjective

    Uncertain, as an indication or sign; doubtful, incongruous.

    Synonyms:
    indeterminate, ambiguous, doubtful, uncertain

    Antonyms:
    unequivocal

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. equivocal

    Equivocal (Latin equus, equal, and vox, voice, word) denotes that which may equally well be understood in either of two or more ways. Ambiguous (Latin ambi, around, and ago, drive, lead) signifies lacking in distinctness or certainty, obscure or doubtful through indefiniteness of expression. Ambiguous is applied only to spoken or written statements; equivocal has other applications. A statement is ambiguous when it leaves the mind of the reader or hearer to fluctuate between two meanings, which would fit the language equally well; it is equivocal when it would naturally be understood in one way, but is capable of a different interpretation; an equivocal expression is, as a rule, intentionally deceptive, while an ambiguous utterance may be simply the result of a want either of clear thought or of adequate expression. That which is enigmatical must be guessed like a riddle; a statement may be purposely made enigmatical in order to provoke thought and study. That is doubtful which is fairly open to doubt; that is dubious which has become the subject of doubts so grave as scarcely to fall short of condemnation; as, a dubious reputation. Questionable may be used nearly in the sense either of dubious or of doubtful; a questionable statement is one that must be proved before it can be accepted. To say that one's honesty is questionable is a mild way of saying that in the opinion of the speaker he is likely to prove dishonest. Equivocal is sometimes, tho more rarely, used in this sense. A suspicious character gives manifest reason to be suspected; a suspicious temper is inclined to suspect the motives and intentions of others, with or without reason. Compare CLEAR.

    Synonyms:
    ambiguous, doubtful, dubious, enigmatic, enigmatical, indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct, obscure, perplexing, questionable, suspicious, uncertain

    Antonyms:
    certain, clear, distinct, evident, indisputable, indubitable, lucid, manifest, obvious, perspicuous, plain, unambiguous, unequivocal, unquestionable, unquestioned

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. equivocal

    Synonyms:
    dubious, ambiguous, doubtful, double-sided

    Antonyms:
    univocal, plain, direct, clear

Princeton's WordNet

  1. equivocal, ambiguousadjective

    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"

    Synonyms:
    ambiguous

    Antonyms:
    absolute, unequivocal, univocal, conclusive, unquestionable, straightforward, unambiguous

  2. equivocaladjective

    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

    Synonyms:
    ambiguous

    Antonyms:
    unambiguous, unequivocal, absolute, straightforward, unquestionable, univocal, conclusive

  3. equivocaladjective

    uncertain as a sign or indication

    "the evidence from bacteriologic analysis was equivocal"

    Synonyms:
    ambiguous

    Antonyms:
    unequivocal, unambiguous, univocal, unquestionable, absolute, straightforward, conclusive

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. equivocaladjective

    Synonyms:
    ambiguous, of doubtful meaning, to be taken in a double sense

  2. equivocaladjective

    Synonyms:
    uncertain, doubtful, dubious, indeterminate

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "equivocal":

    ambiguous, misleading, inconclusive, murky

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How to use equivocal in a sentence?

  1. Margaret Oliphant Oliphant:

    It has been my fate in a long life of production to be credited chiefly with the equivocal virtue of industry, a quality so excellent in morals, so little satisfactory in art.

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Translations for equivocal

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  • مبهمArabic
  • съмнителен, несигурен, двусмисленBulgarian
  • mehrdeutig, fragwürdig, doppeldeutigGerman
  • διφορούμενοςGreek
  • equívocoSpanish
  • دو پهلوPersian
  • kyseenalainen, epäjohdonmukainen, moniselitteinen, epämääräinen, epäilyttävä, monimerkityksinen, epäselväFinnish
  • équivoque, ambigu, douteux, incertain, indéterminéFrench
  • equivocoItalian
  • сомнителен, двосмисленMacedonian
  • echivoc, ambiguuRomanian
  • сомнительный, двусмысленныйRussian
  • tvetydigSwedish
  • không phân minhVietnamese

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