ambivalent

[ am-biv-uh-luh nt ]
/ æmˈbɪv ə lənt /

adjective

having mixed feelings about someone or something; being unable to choose between two (usually opposing) courses of action: The whole family was ambivalent about the move to the suburbs. She is regarded as a morally ambivalent character in the play.
Psychology. of or relating to 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.

Nearby words

  1. ambitendency,
  2. ambition,
  3. ambitious,
  4. ambitiously,
  5. ambivalence,
  6. ambivalent sexism,
  7. ambivalently,
  8. ambiversion,
  9. ambivert,
  10. amble

Origin of ambivalent

back formation from ambivalence

Related formsam·biv·a·lent·ly, adverb

Can be confusedambiguous ambivalent

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Word Origin and History for ambivalent

ambivalent

adj.

1916, originally a term in psychology; back-formation from ambivalence. In general use by 1929.

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