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Etymology edit

From the participle stem of Latin praevāricārī (to walk crookedly; to play a false or double part), from prae- + vāricāre (to stand with feet apart, straddle), from vāricus (with feet spread apart).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /pɹɪˈvaɹɪkeɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /pɹɪˈvæɹɪkeɪt/, /pɹɪˈvɛɹɪkeɪt/
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Verb edit

prevaricate (third-person singular simple present prevaricates, present participle prevaricating, simple past and past participle prevaricated)

  1. (transitive, intransitive, obsolete) To deviate, transgress; to go astray (from).
  2. (intransitive) To shift or turn from direct speech or behaviour; to deviate from the truth; to evade the truth; to waffle or be (intentionally) ambiguous.
    The people saw the politician prevaricate every day.
  3. (intransitive, law) To collude, as where an informer colludes with the defendant, and makes a sham prosecution.
  4. (law, UK) To undertake something falsely and deceitfully, with the purpose of defeating or destroying it.

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  1. inflection of prevaricare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

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prevaricate f pl

  1. feminine plural of prevaricato

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  1. second-person singular voseo imperative of prevaricar combined with te