prevaricate

verb

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Criminal Law
  • International Law

Definitions of prevaricate

  • to not give a clear and direct answer to a question, especially when trying to hide the truth; to act evasively (=as if you were trying to avoid something)

    The opportunity is still there to prevaricate and delay implementation of the agreement.

Phrase Bank for prevaricate

  • Instead of taking immediate steps to remedy its illegality by rescinding the amendment, the Council decided to prevaricate until October.

  • President Donald Trump has continued to prevaricate when asked about Russia’s interference in U.S. politics.

  • Simonton and other Lee County officials didn’t prevaricate in the face of significant challenges.

  • On the phone, the call centre did their best to prevaricate and prevent a resolution being reached.

  • The BJP leaders have either unambiguously stood in defence of the accused or have gone out of their way to prevaricate in both the cases.

  • They cannot afford to prevaricate about such an important decision as this is a pivotal time in our nation’s game.

Additional Notes for prevaricate

  • prevarication (noun) the action or process of not giving a clear and direct answer to a question, especially when trying to hide the truth; the action or process of acting evasively (=as if you were trying to avoid something): There is clearly scope for prevarication and delay.