Something that's univocal is so clear that there's only one way to interpret it. A dog that's growling ferociously and baring its teeth is sending a univocal message to keep your distance.

You might also call univocal things "unambiguous." There's no way to misunderstand something that's truly univocal — its meaning is consistent and obvious. Your mom's univocal instruction to be home by 9:00 PM leaves no room for doubt: she means 9:00, not 9:30 or 10:15. This adjective is most often used in linguistics to talk about words, and its Latin roots are uni-, "having only one," and vox, "voice."

Definitions of univocal
  1. adjective
    admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; having only one meaning or interpretation and leading to only one conclusion
    synonyms: unambiguous, unequivocal
    having or exhibiting a single clearly defined meaning
    expressing finality with no implication of possible change
    free from ambiguity
    not open to question
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    ambiguous, equivocal
    open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead
    having more than one possible meaning
    double, forked
    having two meanings with intent to deceive
    deliberately vague or ambiguous
    of uncertain or ambiguous nature
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