Legal Definition and Related Resources of Equivocal

Meaning of Equivocal

Having several meanings; synonymous with ambiguous.

Equivocal Alternative Definition

Having a double sense. In the construction of contracts, it is a general rule that, when an expression may be taken in two senses, that shall be preferred which gives it effect. See “Construction;” “Interpretation;” Dig. 22. 1. 4. 45. 1; Id. 80. 50. 17. 67.

Synonyms of Equivocal


  • ambiguous
  • ambiguus
  • ambivalent
  • amphibological
  • amphibolous
  • anceps
  • bewildering
  • cloudy
  • confusing
  • controversial
  • debatable
  • deceptive
  • dim
  • disputable
  • doubtful
  • dubious
  • dubius
  • enigmatic
  • enigmatical
  • equivocating
  • equivocatory
  • hard to understand
  • hazy
  • imperspicuous
  • imprecise
  • indecisive
  • indefinite
  • indeterminate
  • misleading
  • moot
  • nebulous
  • obscure
  • of doubtful meaning
  • of uncertain significance
  • open
  • open to question
  • perplexing
  • possessing double meaning
  • prevaricating
  • puzzling
  • questionable
  • recondite
  • shadowy
  • uncertain
  • unclarified
  • unclear
  • undecided
  • undefined
  • undetermined
  • unexplained
  • unintelligible
  • unplain
  • unresolved
  • unsolved
  • unsure
  • untransparent
  • vague
  • veiledforeign phrases: Verba aequivoca
  • ac in dubio sensuposita
  • intelliguntur digniori et potentiori sensu
  • Equivocal words and those which are used in a doubtful sense are to be understood in their more worthy and effective sense

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  • Ambiguity



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