Definition of equivocal :
1. ( Literally, called equally one thing or the other; hence:) Having two significations equally applicable; capable of double interpretation; of doubtful meaning; ambiguous; uncertain; as, equivocal words; an equivocal sentence.
2. A word or expression capable of different meanings; an ambiguous term; an equivoque.
3. Capable of being ascribed to different motives, or of signifying opposite feelings, purposes, or characters; deserving to be suspected; as, his actions are equivocal.
4. Uncertain, as an indication or sign; doubtful.
indeterminate, dubious, clear, puzzling, study at obscure, unsure, dubitable, borderline, fishy, doubtful, suspect, enigmatical, suspicious, problematical, indistinct, honest, obscure, cloudy, indecisive, enigmatic, inexplicit, indefinite, clouded, double, shady, inconclusive, questionable, evasive, problematic, forked, chancy, perplexing, nebulous, iffy, unclear, certain
equivocal (part of speech: adjective)
- " Now I should like to remind you of young Charles Rambert's equivocal behaviour in the course of the evening that preceded the crime. - "Fantômas", Pierre Souvestre Marcel Allain.
- If science could do this it would confer upon humanity an advantage far less equivocal than that which belongs to the present reign of iron and steam. - "Problems of Poverty", John A. Hobson.
- Your spirits sought two ways at once, Master Droop, and like any other half- minded equivocal transaction, contention was the outcome. - "The Panchronicon", Harold Steele Mackaye.