Pronunciation : Ter`gi*ver*sa"tion Part of Speech : n. Etymology : [L. tergiversario: cf. F. tergiversation.] Definition : 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. Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913