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Pronunciation:  i`kwivu'keyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  falsification by means of vague or ambiguous language
  2. [n]  intentionally vague or ambiguous
  3. [n]  a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth

EQUIVOCATION is a 12 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: evasion, evasiveness, prevarication, tergiversation
 See Also: ambiguity, circumlocution, deceit, deception, doublespeak, equivocalness, falsification, hedge, hedging, indirect expression, misrepresentaation, misrepresentation, quibble, quiddity, untruthfulness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\E*quiv`o*ca"tion\, n.
The use of expressions susceptible of a double signification,
with a purpose to mislead.

      There being no room for equivocations, there is no need
      of distinctions.                         --Locke.

Syn: Prevarication; ambiguity; shuffling; evasion; guibbling.
     See {Equivocal}, a., and {Prevaricate}, v. i.

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