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Equivocation

  • By: Janet Beavin Bavelas
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Equivocation is communication that is ambiguous, indirect, contradictory, or evasive. One dramatic example has come down through the centuries: In 1170, at the height of a dispute with Archbishop Thomas á Becket, King Henry II exclaimed, “Who will rid me of ...

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