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Etymology edit

c. 1380, from Middle English equivocacion, from Old French equivocation, from Medieval Latin aequivocātiō, from aequivocō, from Late Latin aequivocus (ambiguous, equivocal), from Latin aequus (equal) + vocō (call); a calque of Ancient Greek ὁμωνυμία (homōnumía).[1]

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  • IPA(key): /ɪˌkwɪvəˈkeɪʃən/, /ɪˌkwɪvəˈkeɪʃn̩/, /əˌkwɪvəˈkeɪʃn/
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  • Hyphenation: e‧quiv‧o‧ca‧tion
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

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equivocation (countable and uncountable, plural equivocations)

  1. (logic) A logical fallacy resulting from the use of multiple meanings of a single expression.
  2. The use of expressions susceptible of a double signification, possibly intentionally and with the aim of misleading.

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  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2024) “equivocation”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

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equivocation oblique singularf (oblique plural equivocations, nominative singular equivocation, nominative plural equivocations)

  1. equivocation
    Si avoit trovee occasion de li gaber par l'equivocation de son nom