EQUIVOCATION in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of EQUIVOCATION
Definition Example Sentence Classic Sentence
 n.  intentionally vague or ambiguous; a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth
Classic Sentence:
1  But there was less equivocal testimony, which the credulity of the assembly, or of the greater part, greedily swallowed, however incredible.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XXXVII
2  On his side the inclination was stronger, on hers less equivocal.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XXXVII
3  Thus, all things considered, Haley, with rather an equivocal grace, proceeded to the parlor, while Sam, rolling his eyes after him with unutterable meaning, proceeded gravely with the horses to the stable-yard.
Uncle Tom's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER VI
4  Their presence had made him diffident of himself when he was a muff in Clongowes and it had made him diffident of himself also while he had held his equivocal position in Belvedere.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 4
5  He had always felt the absolute impossibility of addressing that enigmatical man, who was, in his eyes, both equivocal and imposing.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo
Example Sentence:
1  The evidence from bacteriologic analysis was equivocal.
2  His words to the press were deliberately equivocal - he didn't deny the reports but neither did he confirm them.
3  Rejecting the candidate's equivocal comments on tax reform, the reporters pressed him to state clearly where he stood on the issue.
4  The audience saw through his attempts to equivocate on the subject under discussion and ridiculed his remarks.