English dictionary

equivocal meaning and definition

EQUIVOCAL adjective

Definition of equivocal (adjective)

  1. 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
    • antonym: unambiguous
  2. 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
  3. uncertain as a sign or indication
    • "the evidence from bacteriologic analysis was equivocal"
Source: Princeton University Wordnet