V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: clear and definite, allowing no doubt or confusion

Synonyms: definite, absolute, positive, certain, clear, indisputable, unambiguous, unquestionable, categorical

Antonyms: ambiguous, questionable, uncertain

Tips: The root word equivocal comes from Late Latin aequivocare, which means "ambiguous." Therefore, when you add the negative un-, "not," unequivocal refers to things that are not ambiguous, but clear and definitive. It's hard to find a politician who will give an unequivocal answer that clearly and definitively answers a question. The adverb unequivocally usually refers to answering a question clearly, without any ambiguity. See categorical for an analysis of this related word.

Usage Examples:

My mother's message was clear and unequivocal; my sister and I were to stop fighting immediately. (unquestionable, definite, unambiguous)

When delegating tasks and giving out orders, it is important to use unequivocal terms so that no one is confused. (unquestionable, unambiguous)

The senator gave his unequivocal support for the proposal. (definite, absolute)

John unequivocally denied the accusations against him. (absolutely, unquestionably) adverb

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