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Noun: prevarication  pri,ver-u'key-shun [N. Amer], pri,va-ru'key-shun [Brit]
  1. A statement that deviates from or perverts the truth
    - lie[2]
  2. Intentionally vague or ambiguous
    "the author's elusiveness may at times be construed as prevarication";
    - equivocation, evasiveness
  3. The deliberate act of deviating from the truth
    - lying, fabrication

Derived forms: prevarications

Type of: ambiguity, equivocalness, falsehood, falsification, falsity, misrepresentation, untruth, untruthfulness

Encyclopedia: Prevarication