Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Equivocation'
- a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth [syn: evasion]
- intentionally vague or ambiguous [syn: prevarication, evasiveness]
- falsification by means of vague or ambiguous language [syn: tergiversation]
- Equivocation \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.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Equivocation'
Equivocation is classified as both a formal and informal logical fallacy. It is the misleading use of a term with more than one meaning or sense (by glossing over which meaning is intended at a particular time). It generally occurs with polysemic words.
It is often confused with amphibology (amphiboly); however, equivocation is ambiguity arising from the misleading use of a word and amphiboly is ambiguity arising from the misleading use of punctuation or syntax.
This form of word play relies upon two different words that sound alike. However, their different senses become obvious only upon a moment's reflection. One example is the contrast between birth and death, and birth and berth, and told and toll'd in Thomas Hood's account of the death of Ben the sailor (which took place at the age of 40, contrasted with his age of zero at birth) in his humorous poem Faithless Sally Brown:[See more about Equivocation at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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- Shawn Vestal: Strong Spokane council blasts mayor’s weak arguments for police deal - Wed, 13 Nov 2013 PST
Welcome to the strong council system of government. The Spokane City Council acted quickly and without equivocation Monday in rejecting the mayor’s failed effort at negotiating an acceptable contract with the Spokane Police Guild. Council President Ben Stuckart urged the strong mayor to go back and try again. Read more on this news related to 'Equivocation'
- Jay Hovdey: Steeplechase title comes down to last fence at Colonial Cup
Having written recently that all the Eclipse Awards for 2013 were decided one way or another by the results of the Breeders’ Cup, and that nothing happening during these final weeks of the year would make a bit of difference in the various championships, your correspondent left no room for equivocation. Read more on this news related to 'Equivocation'