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equivocal

adjective ambiguous, ambiguus, amphibological, amphibolous, anceps, bewildering, cloudy, confusing, controversial, debatable, deceptive, dim, disputable, doubtful, dubious, dubius, enigmatic, enigmatical, equivocating, equivocatory, hard to underrtand, hazy, imperspicuous, imprecise, indecisive, indeterminate, misleading, moot, nebulous, obscure, of doubtful meaning, of uncertain significance, open, open to question, perplexing, possessing double meaning, puzzling, questionable, recondite, shadowy, unclear, undecided, undefined, unexplained, unintelligible, unplain, unresolved, unsolved, unsure, vague, veiled
Foreign phrases: Verba aequivoca, ac in dubio sensu posita, 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 effeccive sense.
See also: aleatory, ambiguous, conditional, disputable, doubtful, dubious, elusive, evasive, hesitant, impalpable, indefinite, indeterminate, oblique, precarious, problematic, provisional, questionable, suspicious, uncertain, unclear, vague

EQUIVOCAL. What has a double sense.
     2. 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. Vide Ambiguity; Construction; Interpretation; and Dig. 22, 1, 4; Id 45, 1, 80; Id. 50, 17, 67.

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