- open to or having several possible meanings or interpretations; equivocal: an ambiguous answer.
- Linguistics. (of an expression) exhibiting constructional homonymity; having two or more structural descriptions, as the sequence Flying planes can be dangerous.
- of doubtful or uncertain nature; difficult to comprehend, distinguish, or classify: a rock of ambiguous character.
- lacking clearness or definiteness; obscure; indistinct: an ambiguous shape; an ambiguous future.
Origin of ambiguous
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Antonyms for ambiguous
Related Words for ambiguousnessambiguity, cloudiness, doubtfulness, equivocation, murkiness, obscureness, obscurity, uncertainty, imprecision
Examples from the Web for ambiguousness
Historical Examples of ambiguousness
I have tried to render approximately the ambiguousness of the original.The Gtakaml
Let the ambiguous procession of events reveal their own ambiguousness.Pierre; or The Ambiguities
A nameless ecstacy thrilled through my frame when any new proof occurred that the ambiguousness of my behaviour was the cause.Wieland; or The Transformation
Charles Brockden Brown
Of course he would see to it that not a shadow of ambiguousness was allowed to rest on such a name.Christopher and Columbus
Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
- having more than one possible interpretation or meaning
- difficult to understand or classify; obscure
Word Origin for ambiguous
Word Origin and History for ambiguousness
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.