equivocal


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open to two or more interpretations

open to question

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Edwards had rendered him an object of peculiar suspicion to the lawyer, and the youth was consequently too much accustomed to similar equivocal and guarded speeches to feel any unusual disgust at the present dialogue.
Abiram, alone, formed a solitary exception to this state of equivocal repose.
Thou must ever be equivocal, trivocal, quadrivocal, and quinquivocal
It was not the fact that he was in an equivocal position, staring into a house which did not belong to him, with his feet on somebody else's private soil, that caused Bill to act as he did.
It was this deficiency, I considered, while running over in thought the perfect keeping of the character of the premises with the accredited character of the people, and while speculating upon the possible influence which the one, in the long lapse of centuries, might have exercised upon the other--it was this deficiency, perhaps, of collateral issue, and the consequent undeviating transmission, from sire to son, of the patrimony with the name, which had, at length, so identified the two as to merge the original title of the estate in the quaint and equivocal appellation of the "House of Usher"--an appellation which seemed to include, in the minds of the peasantry who used it, both the family and the family mansion.
I learned, moreover, at intervals, and through broken and equivocal hints, another singular feature of his mental condition.
There is something equivocal in all the words in use to express the excellence of manners and social cultivation, because the quantities are fluxional, and the last effect is assumed by the senses as the cause.
Thus grows up Fashion, an equivocal semblance, the most puissant, the most fantastic and frivolous, the most feared and followed, and which morals and violence assault in vain.
I forbear to dwell upon the subject of expense; though it be evident that if the council should be numerous enough to answer the principal end aimed at by the institution, the salaries of the members, who must be drawn from their homes to reside at the seat of government, would form an item in the catalogue of public expenditures too serious to be incurred for an object of equivocal utility.
For the fact is there are solid political and moral reasons why a tepid, equivocal pro-life statement would have been a mistake.
And by only "suggests" he means just that, because after a statistical tour de force his conclusion comes across as bland and equivocal, at least to this reviewer: "If it is no longer acceptable to see manufacturers and their localities as dominated, it is also untenable to return to the assumption that they swept all before them.
The government, on the other hand, argued that the remark in question was, at best, an equivocal invocation and that the investigators were justified in asking clarifying questions.
Indeed, because "excellent" hardware like the Aegis radar inflicts unprecedented amounts of equivocal information on its users, people in the Navy need these qualities to an unprecedented degree.
An equivocal HER2/neu test result was IHC staining of 2+ (less than strong, complete membrane staining in at least 10% of cells) or 3+ in 30% of cells or less, or FISH HER2/neu to CEP17 signal ratio of 1.