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equivocal - vocabulary

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verb

Equivocate: To hedge, to utter ambiguous statements, to use unclear expressions.

adjective

Equivocal: Ambiguous, open to more than one interpretation; often intentionally misleading, as in an equivocal statement.

Elizabeth saw directly that her father had not the smallest intention of yielding; but his answers were at the same time so vague and equivocal, that her mother, though often disheartened, had never yet despaired of succeeding at last.

—Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice (1813)

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