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equivocal
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
unclear in meaning — especially where opposing interpretations are reasonable (sometimes intentionally)
  • And the course is all the clearer from there being no salary in question to put my persistence in an equivocal light.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (9% in)
  • Lydgate apologized for Mr. Wrench, said that the symptoms yesterday might have been disguising, and that this form of fever was very equivocal in its beginnings: he would go immediately to the druggist's and have a prescription made up in order to lose no time, but he would write to Mr. Wrench and tell him what had been done.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (36% in)
  • ...would have been altogether cheered (in a tearful manner) by this sign that a brother who disliked seeing them while he was living had been prospectively fond of their presence when he should have become a testator, if the sign had not been made equivocal by being extended to Mrs. Vincy, whose expense in handsome crape seemed to imply the most presumptuous hopes, aggravated by a bloom of complexion which told pretty plainly that she was not a blood-relation, but of that generally...
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (1% in)
  • But the balance had been turned against Lydgate by two members, who for some private reasons held that this power of resuscitating persons as good as dead was an equivocal recommendation, and might interfere with providential favors.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (11% in)
  • In the case of a more conspicuous patient, Mr. Borthrop Trumbull, Lydgate was conscious of having shown himself something better than an every-day doctor, though here too it was an equivocal advantage that he won.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (20% in)
  • I meant that a man may work for a special end with others whose motives and general course are equivocal, if he is quite sure of his personal independence, and that he is not working for his private interest—either place or money.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (36% in)
  • Mr. Bulstrode asked, reprehensively, what the new police was doing; but a voice could not well be collared, and an attack on the effigy of the candidate would have been too equivocal, since Hawley probably meant it to be pelted.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (74% in)

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