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prevaricate | prevaricator | prevarication

prevaricate prevaricator prevarication
Meaning
delay or behave evasively
  • How to Memorize
    • prevaricate - dither
  • Analysis

    If you ‘prevaricate’, you avoid making a decision or giving a direct answer to something, sometimes in a deliberate attempt to hide the truth. It is most commonly used in a professional context and can be a source of great frustration and annoyance.

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  • Example(s)
    1. We can’t get a decision on the proposed plan because head office continues to prevaricate.

    2. I can never get a straight answer from Claire. She’s a dreadful prevaricator.

    3. Sustained prevarication from the government greatly contributed to the scale of the crisis.



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