EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun uncertainty or fluctuation, especially when caused by inability to make a choice or by a simultaneous desire to say or do two opposite or conflicting things. . Psychology the coexistence within an individual of positive and negative feelings toward the same person, object, or action, simultaneously drawing him or her in opposite directions.
am·biv·a·len·cy. Origin of ambivalence
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Word Origin and History for ambivalency n.
"simultaneous conflicting feelings," 1924 (1912 as
ambivalency), from German Ambivalenz, coined 1910 by Swiss psychologist Eugen Bleuler (1857-1939) on model of German Equivalenz "equivalence," etc., from Latin ambi- "both" (see ambi-) + valentia "strength," from present participle of valere "be strong" (see valiant). A psychological term that by 1929 had taken on a broader literary and general sense.
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ambivalence [ăm-bĭv ′ə-ləns] n. The coexistence of opposing attitudes or feelings toward a person, an object, or an idea. Related forms am•biv ′a•lent adj.
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