I wrote:

I want to say that the Iran’s stance over Israel is not univocal. Some could be idealists, or there could be a benefit for some others of this opposition. On the other side, there are politicians who seek a more pragmatic position toward Israel and the world.

Is it a correct usage of it? Is it used more as a single adjective or in an adjective phrase, such as "univocal voice"?

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    Univocal is a very rarely-used word. I think that unanimous, used as a single adjective, would be a better choice. – Canadian Yankee Jan 18 '18 at 15:49
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    Iran's stance on Israel is unequivocal. [By the way, you need help with the rest of your paragraph.] Unequivocal means no one can mistake it for something else. – Lambie Jan 18 '18 at 16:08
  • is unequivocal is not Ahmad's intended meaning. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jan 18 '18 at 16:27
  • monolithic is a word that often is used in this context. Iran's attitude towards Israel is not monolithic. mono = uni – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jan 18 '18 at 16:30
  • "exhibiting or characterized by often rigidly fixed uniformity -- monolithic party unity" per Merriam Webster. " intractably indivisible and uniform" per Google. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jan 18 '18 at 17:39

"Univocal" is a word made of two parts. Both are derived from Latin. The prefix "uni" means "one" or "singular", and "vocal" refers to "voice". Thus the meaning of "univocal" is "of one voice", or "having one meaning".

It is not a word in common use -- so much so that my in-browser dictionary flags it as wrong. As Canadian Yankee mentions, unanimous is a much more common word that means the same thing (again from the Latin, uni="one" and animus="mind", "of one mind").

If you feel you must use it, then your sentence is fine as written. You can use univocal in the same way as you use unanimous:

The legislature passed the bill with univocal approval.

The union's support of the candidate was univocal.

One more warning: It's likely people will think you meant to write unequivocal (un="not", equi="equal", voc="voice", "not having two equal meanings") because, again, that is a much more common word. While the meaning is similar, it's used to indicate certainty rather than agreement.

The union's support of the candidate was unequivocal. (without debate)


Univocal is an apt word for your context, but it is a word used rarely by those without university education. So, depending on your target audience, it may be a very good word, or you may wish to simplify:

Iran does not speak with one voice. There are factions within the government...

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