[ am-biv-uh-luhnt ]
/ æmˈbɪv ə lənt /
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.
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What does "scattergood" mean?
a person who acts as though he or she knows everything and who dismisses the opinions, comments, or suggestions of others.
a person who spends possessions or money extravagantly or wastefully; spendthrift.
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Origin of ambivalent
back formation from ambivalence
OTHER WORDS FROM ambivalentam·biv·a·lent·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ambivalentambiguous, ambivalent .
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