equivocation late 14c., "the fallacy of using a word in different senses at different stages of the reasoning" (a loan-translation of Gk. homonymia, lit. "having the same name"), from O.Fr. equivocation, from L.L. aequivocationem (nom. aequivocatio), from aequivocus "of identical sound," pp. of aequivocare, from aequus "equal" (see EQUAL (Cf. equal)) + vocare "to call" (see VOICE (Cf. voice)).

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