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Tuesday, October 26

Univocal

[yoo-nə-VOH-kəl]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, 16th century

1.

(Of a word or term) having only one possible meaning; unambiguous.

Examples of Univocal in a sentence

"The scientific term has a univocal definition."

"Aaron used univocal words so he could be perfectly understood."

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About Univocal

This word comes from the Latin “univocus.” “Uni-” means “having one only,” and “vox” means “voice, sound, or utterance.”

Did you Know?

In linguistics, the contrast to a univocal term (or something with precisely one meaning) is an equivocal term. A word like "blanket" is equivocal because it could refer to the cozy bed cover, or it could be an adjective to describe complete coverage, such as "blanket statement."

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