• WordNet 3.6
    • n equivocalness unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Equivocalness The state of being equivocal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n equivocalness The character of being equivocal; ambiguity; double meaning.
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  • Michel Leiris
    Michel Leiris
    “Nothing seems more like a whorehouse to me than a museum. In it you find the same equivocal aspect, the same frozen quality.”
  • William Lloyd Garrison
    William Lloyd Garrison
    “I am in earnest -- I will not equivocate -- I will not excuse --I will not retreat a single inch --and I will be heard!”


In literature:

Their intentions are not left equivocal.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
I know well enough how equivocal a test this kind of popular opinion forms of the merit that obtained it.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The words of Heaven are not equivocal, As in despair the poor oppress'd one thinks.
"Iphigenia in Tauris" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
His last equivocal demeanor recurred.
"The Piazza Tales" by Herman Melville
You are too candid to delay reply, and too sincere to speak equivocally.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
But this is equivocal.
"Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters and Reminiscences Vol 2 (of 2)" by James Marchant
I am sorry to say that I perceived what I believe to be an equivocation on the part of my mother in her allusion to Alice.
"The Evil Eye; Or, The Black Spector The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
When we got in, the equivocal lady began to exercise some portion of authority.
"The Station; The Party Fight And Funeral; The Lough Derg Pilgrim Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
The Scotchman, on the other hand, who is the metaphysician in swearing, sometimes borders on equivocation.
"Phil Purcel, The Pig-Driver; The Geography Of An Irish Oath; The Lianhan Shee" by William Carleton
She is a fugitive from the equivocal justice of France.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
Fred told the circumstances of the affair just as they occurred, and without equivocation.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
He was resolved never to marry her, and he let the girl feel his dislike in no equivocal manner.
"Winter Evening Tales" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
I trust, whenever there has been a dispute between these Houses, the part I have taken has not been equivocal.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VII. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The French king still maintained a secret negotiation with the duke of Savoy, whose conduct had been for some time mysterious and equivocal.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Presently, that amiable lady turned her gaze, lighted as it was by an equivocal smile, full upon Tom.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, January 1844" by Various
The prevalent orthodoxy was moderate and equivocal at best.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
In the day time his appearance was more equivocal.
"Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by James Athearn Jones
Yet at the close her position is curiously equivocal.
"Bussy D'Ambois and The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois" by George Chapman
Or take 'equivocal', 'equivocate', 'equivocation'.
"English Past and Present" by Richard Chevenix Trench
Annina came on the morrow full of secrecy and other things more equivocal still in appearance.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett

In poetry:

ROSAURA. What enigmas, O ye skies!
After many a sigh and tear,
Thus in doubt to leave me here
With equivocal replies!
"Life Is A Dream - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
O pale equivocal hour, whose suppliant feet
Haunt the mute reaches of the sleeping wind,
Art thou a watcher stealing to entreat
Prayer and sepulture for thy fallen kind?
"Moonrise Over Tyringham" by Edith Wharton
Evening fell, equivocal, dissembling,
The women who hung dreaming on our arms
Spoke in low voices, words that had such charms
That ever since our stunned soul has been trembling.
"The Young Fools (Les Ingénus) " by Paul Verlaine
Happiness is silent, or speaks equivocally for friends,
Grief is explicit and her song never ends,
Happiness is like England, and will not state a case,
Grief, like Guilt, rushes in and talks apace.
"Happiness" by Stevie Smith
MUTE or loquacious, as chance may require,
Shrewdly complacent, quick to equivocate,
Bluff, bully, browbeat, brag, conciliate,
Cant, sympathise, or jest — both quack and liar —
He is the creature of effete desire;
"Melbourne Sonnets: XI The Agent" by E J Rupert Atkinson
Mr. Benjamin Franklin was wont to repeat,
In his budget of proverbs, 'Stolen Kisses are sweet;'
But they have their alloy —
Fate assumed, to annoy
Miss Arundel's peace, and embitter her joy,
The equivocal shape of a fine little Boy.
"Some Account Of A New Play" by Richard Harris Barham

In news:

There is no room for equivocation.
I continue to maintain that Romney's ability to lie, dissemble, distort and equivocate so effortlessly is a far more important story — and is far more telling about his character — than any $10,000 bet.
" Equivocation " at Victory Gardens Theater.
Equivocation gives the Bard a good shagging.
If fundamentalists on either side still remain, then they should be ashamed of this equivocation of "strong fundamentals" with what were the fundamentals for the economic growth we experienced in the age of High Finance.
It begins when a match is struck on a darkened hotel porch, and a soft voice rasps "th' equivocations of the fiend.".
If there is penetration of the peritoneum or if the wound exploration is equivocal for peritoneal violation, DPL is performed to determine if there is intraperitoneal blood.
Rt dealing, like lawyering, is one of the equivocal professions.
The ending of this movement comes with a powerful descending gesture that is often played as a snort of titanic disapproval, but here it was more deliberate and more equivocal.
If someone asked me to name the best Broadway musical, I'd gladly equivocate on any side of a debate embracing "Guys and Dolls," "My Fair Lady," "Carousel," "Porgy and Bess" and - well, you know the rest.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says defendants often use equivocal or colloquial language in attempting to invoke their right to silence.
The box-office result was less equivocal.
Sure, it takes us to the dark side, but it does so with such a fat dose of equivocation, the fight between good and evil feels fixed in favor of Hollywood redemption.
As Harvard law professor and Bush Justice Department official Jack Goldsmith has pointed out, Johnson 's speech contains many hedges and equivocations.
Of course if equivocation and prevarication were fast food (from all our local political folks), we should have a golden arch over the entire baseball stadium.

In science:

One can easily show that, by using this packing lemma and considering the minimum equivocation decoding rule, we would end up with the random coding bound derived in .
Error Exponent for Multiple-Access Channels:Lower Bounds
Without any equivocations, here is what I mean: Everybody has seen a satellite map on Google Earth like the one of the Uptown campus of Tulane University below.
Stochastic Homology. Reduction Formulas for Computing Stochastic Betti Numbers of Maximal Random Complexes with Discrete Probabilities. Computation and Applications
Further, we evaluate the exponential decreasing rate of leaked information and derive its equivocation rate.
Quantum wiretap channel with non-uniform random number and its exponent and equivocation rate of leaked information
Further, by using (143), our method provides the equivocation rate while stabilizer formalism cannot derive the equivocation rate even in the independent case.
Quantum wiretap channel with non-uniform random number and its exponent and equivocation rate of leaked information
Further, we have derived the equivocation rate for a given quantum wiretap channel.
Quantum wiretap channel with non-uniform random number and its exponent and equivocation rate of leaked information
In brief: the Kalam argument commits the fallacy of equivocation in a way that seems beyond repair; two of the premises adopted by Aquinas seem dubious when the terms ‘cause’ and ‘causality’ are interpreted in the context of contemporary empirical science.
New remarks on the Cosmological Argument
Instead of using equivocation as a measure of secrecy, the distortion that an eavesdropper incurs in producing an estimate of the source sequence is examined.
Source-Channel Secrecy with Causal Disclosure
In this work, we replace equivocation with an operationally motivated measure of secrecy.
Source-Channel Secrecy with Causal Disclosure
We show that freely giving the “public ” message away dramatically decreases Eve’s distortion; thus, her equivocation of the public message becomes important.
Source-Channel Secrecy with Causal Disclosure
Before proceeding, we brie fly juxtapose our measure of secrecy with equivocation.
Source-Channel Secrecy with Causal Disclosure
Equivocation does not give much insight into the structure of Eve’s knowledge and does not depend on the actions that Eve makes.
Source-Channel Secrecy with Causal Disclosure
However, the result can be strengthened considerably by taking into account Eve’s equivocation of the public message.
Source-Channel Secrecy with Causal Disclosure
We can strengthen the analysis of Theorem 1 by taking into account the equivocation of the public message.
Source-Channel Secrecy with Causal Disclosure
For blocklength n, the equivocation of the public message vanishes at a certain time k due to the adversary’s ongoing accumulation of past source symbols ˆS k−1 .
Source-Channel Secrecy with Causal Disclosure
A new row can be embedded in P under those conditions only in the two cases (a) and (b) equivocated above.
Consecutive ones property testing: cut or swap