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equivocate

verb [I] uk   /ɪˈkwɪv.ə.keɪt/ formal us  
to speak in a way that is intentionally not clear and confusing to other people, especially to hide the truth: She accused the minister of equivocating, claiming that he had deliberately avoided telling the public how bad the problem really was.
equivocation
noun [U] uk   /ɪˌkwɪv.əˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us  
He answered openly and honestly without hesitation or equivocation.
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