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Definition of "prevarication" [pre•var•i•ca•tion]

  • Deviation from what is right or correct; transgression, perversion. (noun)
  • Evasion of the truth; deceit, evasiveness. (noun)
  • A secret abuse in the exercise of a public office. (noun)
  • The collusion of an informer with the defendant, for the purpose of making a sham prosecution. (noun)
  • A false or deceitful seeming to undertake a thing for the purpose of defeating or destroying it. (noun)

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Use "prevarication" in a sentence
  • "It seems that CSIS witnesses may have engaged in "prevarication," and that material germane to Harkat's legal defence has been withheld by CSIS for no good reason."
  • "But several months after the ruling, two tiny far-right groups sued Judge Garzón for 'prevarication' -- knowingly overstepping his authority -- in violating the amnesty law."
  • "Miguel Bernad, head of the Clean Hands Union, a conservative group that filed the so-called prevarication charges against Judge Garzón, said his organization will continue with its efforts to oust him by requesting judiciary authorities pursue his immediate suspension and removal."