(Verb) To deviate from straightforwardness; to speak or act in an evasive way; to quibble, equivocate.

In Context

“If a crisis nevertheless occurred then the appropriate course of action was to prevaricate, to avoid drawing lines in the sand, and to seek a compromise solution that would permit both sides to step back from the brink with honour intact.”

John Stone, Military Strategy: The Politics and Technique of War, 2011.