[ am-bi-gyoo-i-tee ]
/ ˌæm bɪˈgyu ɪ ti /

noun, plural am·bi·gu·i·ties.

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.

Nearby words

  1. ambient,
  2. ambient air standard,
  3. ambient music,
  4. ambient noise,
  5. ambiente,
  6. ambiguous,
  7. ambiguous external genitalia,
  8. ambiguous nucleus,
  9. ambiguously,
  10. ambilateral

Origin of ambiguity

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

Related formsnon·am·bi·gu·i·ty, noun, plural non·am·bi·gu·i·ties. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ambiguity


/ (ˌæmbɪˈɡjuːɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

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 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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