equivocal

Part of speech: noun

Equivocalness.

Part of speech: adverb

Equivocally.

Part of speech: adjective

Having a doubtful meaning; ambiguous; questionable.

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Usage examples "equivocal":

  1. And after giving an equivocal answer the man asked him if he was not a Yankee officer, which he was too scrupulous to deny, and gave himself up, and allowed himself to be brought back, although the man who brought him back was like himself unarmed. - "In and Out of Rebel Prisons", Lieut. A. [Alonzo] Cooper.
  2. Too conscious of his own self- respect to call at the house after the equivocal conduct of Mrs. Mulrady, and too proud to haunt the lanes and approaches in the hope of meeting her daughter, like an ordinary lover, he hid his gloomy thoughts in the monastic shadows of the courtyard at Los Gatos, or found relief in furious riding at night and early morning on the highway. - "A Millionaire of Rough-and-Ready", Bret Harte.
  3. Henri was more or less an equivocal character, devoted to Diane, and likewise fondone says it with caution- of his wife. - "Castles and Chateaux of Old Touraine and the Loire Country", Francis Miltoun.