[n] the act of abandoning a party or cause
[n] falsification by means of vague or ambiguous language
\Ter`gi*ver*sa"tion\, n. [L. tergiversario: cf. F. tergiversation.]
1. The act of tergiversating; a shifting; shift; subterfuge; evasion. Writing is to be preferred before verbal conferences, as being freer from passions and tergiversations. --Abp. Bramhall.
2. Fickleness of conduct; inconstancy; change. The colonel, after all his tergiversations, lost his life in the king's service. --Clarendon.