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Pronunciation:  pri'varu`keyt

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information

PREVARICATE is a 11 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: equivocate, palter, tergiversate
 See Also: misinform, mislead



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pre*var"i*cate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p.
    {Prevaricated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prevaricating}.] [L.
    praevaricatus, p. p. of praevaricari to walk crookedly, to
    collude; prae before + varicare to straddle, fr. varicus
    straddling, varus bent. See {Varicose}.]
    1. To shift or turn from one side to the other, from the
       direct course, or from truth; to speak with equivocation;
       to shuffle; to quibble; as, he prevaricates in his
             He prevaricates with his own understanding. --South.
    2. (Civil Law) To collude, as where an informer colludes with
       the defendant, and makes a sham prosecution.
    3. (Eng. Law) To undertake a thing falsely and deceitfully,
       with the purpose of defeating or destroying it.
    Syn: To evade; equivocate; quibble; shuffle.
    Usage: {Prevaricate}, {Evade}, {Equivocate}. One who evades a
           question ostensibly answers it, but really turns aside
           to some other point. He who equivocate uses words
           which have a double meaning, so that in one sense he
           can claim to have said the truth, though he does in
           fact deceive, and intends to do it. He who
           prevaricates talks all round the question, hoping to
           ``dodge'' it, and disclose nothing.
  2. \Pre*var"i*cate\, v. t.
    To evade by a quibble; to transgress; to pervert. [Obs.]
    --Jer. Taylor.