- doubtfulness or uncertainty of meaning or intention: to speak with ambiguity; an ambiguity of manner.
- an unclear, indefinite, or equivocal word, expression, meaning, etc.: a contract free of ambiguities; the ambiguities of modern poetry.
Origin of ambiguity
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1. vagueness, deceptiveness. 2. equivocation.
1. explicitness, clarity.
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- the possibility of interpreting an expression in two or more distinct ways
- an instance of this, as in the sentence they are cooking apples
- vagueness or uncertainty of meaningthere are several ambiguities in the situation
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Word Origin and History for non-ambiguity
c.1400, "uncertainty, doubt, indecision, hesitation," also from Medieval Latin ambiguitatem (nominative ambiguitas) "double meaning, equivocalness, double sense," noun of state from ambiguus (see ambiguous).
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