• (British) IPA: /əˈkwɪvəkəl/
  • (America) IPA: /ɪˈkwɪvək(ə)l/

equivocal (plural equivocals)

  1. A word or expression capable of different meanings; an ambiguous term.
    Synonyms: double entendre, equivoque
Translations Adjective


  1. Having two or more equally applicable meanings; capable of double or multiple interpretation.
    Synonyms: ambiguous, indeterminate
    Antonyms: unequivocal, univocal
    equivocal words
    an equivocal sentence
    • For the beauties of Shakespeare are not of so dim or equivocal a nature as to be visible only to learned eyes.
  2. Capable of being ascribed to different motives, or of signifying opposite feelings, purposes, or characters; deserving to be suspected.
    His actions are equivocal.
    • 1649, [John] Milton, [Eikonoklastes]  […], London: Printed by Matthew Simmons,  […], OCLC 1044608640 ↗:
      equivocal repentances
  3. Uncertain, as an indication or sign.
    Synonyms: uncertain, doubtful, incongruous
    Antonyms: certain
    • How equivocal a test.
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