[ am-bi-gyoo-i-tee ]
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noun,plural am·bi·gu·i·ties.
  1. doubtfulness or uncertainty of meaning or intention: to speak with ambiguity;an ambiguity of manner.

  2. an unclear, indefinite, or equivocal word, expression, meaning, etc.: a contract free of ambiguities;the ambiguities of modern poetry.

Origin of ambiguity

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English ambiguite, from Latin ambiguitās, equivalent to ambigu(us) ambiguous + -itās -ity

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Other words from ambiguity

  • non·am·bi·gu·i·ty, noun, plural non·am·bi·gu·i·ties.

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British Dictionary definitions for ambiguity


/ (ˌæmbɪˈɡjuːɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. the possibility of interpreting an expression in two or more distinct ways

  2. an instance of this, as in the sentence they are cooking apples

  1. vagueness or uncertainty of meaning: there are several ambiguities in the situation

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