prevaricate | prevaricator | prevarication

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GRE

high

Banks

high

Civil Services

high

Meaning(s)

delay or behave evasively

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prevaricate - dither

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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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Synonyms equivocate
Antonyms evince,conclude

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  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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