Origin of ambiguous
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We can only speculate as to the intentions behind these ambiguous words.
The writer has followed a rule but compromised clarity; whether the vote or the approval was immediate is ambiguous.Go Ahead, End With a Preposition: Grammar Rules We All Can Live With|Nick Romeo|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The subject area in question is subjective and ambiguous,” he wrote.Fired From Los Alamos for Pushing Obama's Nuclear Agenda|Center for Public Integrity|July 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In a sense, the ambiguous nature of their relationship—is it sexual or not?Cara Delevingne, Ireland Baldwin, and How Sexually Uninhibited Models Are Bucking the Male Gaze|Amanda Marcotte|July 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I really looked at it very carefully, and my feeling is that it has to be ambiguous.How ‘Transcendence’ Director Wally Pfister Became Christopher Nolan’s Secret Weapon|Andrew Romano|April 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her emotions were too definite to find solacing outline in ambiguous pirouettes.Gargoyles|Ben Hecht
The truth was that the position of this grave and still comely woman was ambiguous.With Edged Tools|Henry Seton Merriman
Ambiguous as this reply may be considered, it encouraged the cherished hope that her husband would be restored to her.George Cruikshank's Omnibus|George Cruikshank
Henry and his brothers were, however, compelled in 1572 to sign an ambiguous assent to this agreement.
In this ambiguous feeling, however, the sense of attraction immensely prevailed.In a Glass Darkly, v. 3/3|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
British Dictionary definitions for ambiguous
Word Origin for ambiguous
Word Origin and History for ambiguous
1520s, from Latin ambiguus "having double meaning, shifting, changeable, doubtful," adjective derived from ambigere "to dispute about," literally "to wander," from ambi- "about" (see ambi-) + agere "drive, lead, act" (see act). Sir Thomas More (1528) seems to have first used it in English, but ambiguity dates back to c.1400. Related: Ambiguously; ambiguousness.