Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
The using a term or expression that has a double meaning. Equivocations are said to be expedients to save telling the truth, and yet without telling a falsity; but if an intention to deceive constitute the essence of a lie, which in general it does, I cannot conceive how it can be done without incurring guilt, as it is certainly an intention to deceive.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Equivocation'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/e/equivocation.html. 1802.