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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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(21) The Porter's bawdy and satirical "hell-gate" routine thus can be interpreted as an oblique, bathetic variation on the temptingly, equivocally auspicious benevolent/malevolent interpellation of Macbeth and Banquo by the Witches.
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He rejects (albeit equivocally) the "in the last instance" gesture that Marxist critics typically use to slow it down; for Warley, pinning class to "divided labor, as does Marx, or naming it society as does Adorno, or naming it collectivity as does Jameson, always risks making the name into the end-point of a teleological narrative"--a risk that Warley is, ultimately, not willing to take (148).
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It might be more accurate to suggest that he actually only endorses trade unionism equivocally. Even that, however, might be saying too much.