(noun, 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

Similar word(s): ambiguous, double, forked, evasive, indeterminate, ambiguous

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

Similar word(s): questionable

3. uncertain as a sign or indication

- the evidence from bacteriologic analysis was equivocal

Similar word(s): inconclusive

Sentences with equivocal as an adjective:

- equivocal words; an equivocal sentence

- His actions are equivocal.


1. A word or expression capable of different meanings; an ambiguous term; an equivoque.