An article on the American Psychological Association website titled True lies: People who lie via telling truth viewed harshly, study finds (December 15, 2016) defines paltering: “the ability to deceive someone by telling the truth… Rather than misstating facts or failing to provide information, paltering involves actively making truthful statements to create a mistaken impression”

Wikipedia:  “Paltering is the active use of selective truthful statements to mislead. The term as applied in psychology and mediation studies was developed by researchers at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in the late 2000s. The first known use of palter to describe acting insincerely or deceitfully was in the 1580s.”

Merriam Webster: “to act insincerely or deceitfully : equivocate.”

The Free Dictionary: “To talk or act insincerely or misleadingly; equivocate.”

Vocabulary.com:  “To palter is to beat around the bush by speaking or writing in an unclear way. People palter to confuse others. Palter is an unusual word for a common thing: speaking or writing in a way that bamboozles others. Politicians are paltering experts: they palter when they leave out important information or use euphemisms to confuse voters. Paltering can be vague, distracting, or misleading. People palter when they have something to hide or just don’t want to discuss. Paltering isn’t outright lying, but it’s close. The opposite of paltering is being straightforward, clear, and honest.”

I encountered this word in a blog post by Daniel Stillman titled How to Dodge a Question.

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