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ambivalent

[ am-biv-uh-luhnt ]
/ æmˈbɪv ə lənt /
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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.
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Origin of ambivalent

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OTHER WORDS FROM ambivalent

am·biv·a·lent·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ambivalent

ambiguous, ambivalent
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