- 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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Examples from the Web for ambiguity
The ambiguity revolving around the event made it a poor candidate for a final showdown.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
Hollande is ‘the king of doublespeak, ambiguity, and perpetual lies’Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex
November 28, 2014
But the ambiguity of “appropriate disciplinary action” is what is so frightening about the smoking ban.The University Of New Orleans’ Cigarette Ban Is Total BS
October 21, 2014
I was very interested in seeing that the ambiguity of the novel was replicated in the movie.Sherman Alexie on His New Film, the Redskins, and Why It's OK to Laugh at His Work
August 22, 2014
The medium, the long form, rewards… if not ambiguity, then elements that create multiple reactions in the viewer.The Director Isn’t Done Yet: An Interview With Steven Soderbergh
August 1, 2014
There is no circumlocution nor ambiguity of expression here.
James never noticed anything—or if he did, his ambiguity was two-edged.Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
Obscurity in a teacher is a great defect, especially when he glories in his ambiguity.The Mistakes of Jesus
He found an ambiguity in the wording, a choice of constructions.The Long Roll
Even the term "expression" has a certain amount of ambiguity.Evolution in Modern Thought
- 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
Word Origin and History for 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).