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9 Nov 2018

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Please,read the following sentence:

"Arafat immediately began to equivocate, asking for clarifications."



"To equivocate" means to avoid giving a straight answer, right? To use ambiguous language in order to conceal the truth.

In this case, Arafat - whoever he is - equivocates not because he doesn't want to answer, but because he wants answers/clarifications.

How does that make sense?

What situation could it possibly be in which one would need or have to equivocate in order to get an answer. It just contradicts the meaning of the word 'equivocate.'

You equivocate because you don't want a particular person to know something, not because you want them to give you answers. I don't know. It just doesn't make much sense to me.
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