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equivocal
used in 1776

2 uses
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Definition
unclear in meaning — especially where opposing interpretations are reasonable (sometimes intentionally)
  • Meantime, from his flagship, Admiral Molyneux Shuldham (who had replaced Admiral Graves) sent an urgent, unequivocal message to William Howe: not a ship in the harbor could remain unless the rebels were removed from their position.
    p. 94.2
  • The decision was Washington's alone and he promised unequivocally "to exert myself to the utmost to frustrate the designs of the enemy."
    p. 118.7

There are no more uses of "equivocal" in 1776.

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