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am·bi·gu·i·ty

 (ăm′bĭ-gyo͞o′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. am·bi·gu·i·ties
1. Doubtfulness or uncertainty as regards interpretation: "leading a life of alleged moral ambiguity" (Anatole Broyard).
2. Something of doubtful meaning: a poem full of ambiguities.

ambiguity

(ˌæmbɪˈɡjuːɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the possibility of interpreting an expression in two or more distinct ways
2. an instance of this, as in the sentence they are cooking apples
3. vagueness or uncertainty of meaning: there are several ambiguities in the situation.

am•bi•gu•i•ty

(ˌæm bɪˈgyu ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. doubtfulness or uncertainty of meaning or intention: to speak with ambiguity.
2. the condition of admitting more than one meaning.
3. an ambiguous word, expression, etc.: a contract free of ambiguities.
[1375–1425; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ambiguity - an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context
loophole - an ambiguity (especially one in the text of a law or contract) that makes it possible to evade a difficulty or obligation
amphibology, amphiboly - an ambiguous grammatical construction; e.g., `they are flying planes' can mean either that someone is flying planes or that something is flying planes
parisology - the use of ambiguous words
double entendre - an ambiguity with one interpretation that is indelicate
locution, saying, expression - a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; "pardon the expression"
2.ambiguity - unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning
unclearness - incomprehensibility as a result of not being clear
evasiveness, prevarication, equivocation - intentionally vague or ambiguous
lexical ambiguity, polysemy - the ambiguity of an individual word or phrase that can be used (in different contexts) to express two or more different meanings
twilight zone, no man's land - the ambiguous region between two categories or states or conditions (usually containing some features of both); "but there is still a twilight zone, the tantalizing occurrences that are probably noise but might possibly be a signal"; "in the twilight zone between humor and vulgarity"; "in that no man's land between negotiation and aggression"
unambiguity, unequivocalness - clarity achieved by the avoidance of ambiguity

ambiguity

ambiguity

noun
2. An expression or term liable to more than one interpretation:
3. The use or an instance of equivocal language:
Informal: waffle.
Translations
غُمُوض
dvojsmysldvojznačnostmnohoznačnost
tvetydighed
ambigvitet
kettõs értelem
tvíræîni
ambigüidade
dvojznačnosť
belirsizlikiki anlamlılık

ambiguity

[ˌæmbɪˈgjʊɪtɪ] N (= lack of clarity) → ambigüedad f; [of meaning] → doble sentido m

ambiguity

[ˌæmbɪˈgjuːɪti] nambiguïté f

ambiguity

nZwei- or Doppeldeutigkeit f; (of joke, comment etc)Zweideutigkeit f; (with many possible meanings) → Mehr- or Vieldeutigkeit f

ambiguity

[ˌæmbɪˈgjʊɪtɪ] nambiguità f inv

ambiguous

(ӕmˈbigjuəs) adjective
having more than one possible meaning. After the cat caught the mouse, it died is an ambiguous statement (ie it is not clear whether it = the cat or = the mouse).
amˈbiguously adverb
ˌambiˈguity (-ˈgjuː-) noun
References in classic literature ?
In her secret soul, however, she decided that politics were as bad as mathematics, and the the mission of politicians seemed to be calling each other names, but she kept these feminine ideas to herself, and when John paused, shook her head and said with what she thought diplomatic ambiguity, "Well, I really don't see what we are coming to.
There was no ambiguity in anything; none whatever, at least, in the conviction I from one moment to another found myself forming as to what I should see straight before me and across the lake as a consequence of raising my eyes.
The sums are the scoundrel's share, and where he feared an ambiguity, you see he added something clearer.
The consciousness of good intentions disdains ambiguity.
Or again, by ambiguity of meaning,--as {pi alpha rho omega chi eta kappa epsilon nu / delta epsilon / pi lambda epsilon omega / nu upsilon xi}, where the word {pi lambda epsilon omega} is ambiguous.
Thus, from beneath the black veil, there rolled a cloud into the sunshine, an ambiguity of sin or sorrow, which enveloped the poor minister, so that love or sympathy could never reach him.
Ever since I was sixteen I have been used to horses," was the reply of Antonio to the question of Charles--Julia smiled at the ambiguity of the answer, and was confirmed in her impression that he had left college at that age to serve in the cavalry.
Ascribe it all to that fatal, heart-thrilling, hope-inspiring 'yes,' loveliest of human females," continued Tom, kneeling with some caution, lest the straps of his pantaloons should give way--"Impute all to your own lucid ambiguity, and to the torments of hope that I experience.
There was an ambiguity about this person's character,--a stain upon his reputation,--yet none could tell precisely of what nature, although the city gossips, male and female, whispered the most atrocious surmises.
It was as if a sudden illumination had been flashed upon the ambiguity of Daisy's behavior, and the riddle had become easy to read.
She wore two crucifixes, which got themselves entangled in a heavy gold chain upon her breast, and seemed to Mary expressive of her mental ambiguity.
It is suggested chiefly by an ambiguity in the word "pain," which has misled many people, including Berkeley, whom it supplied with one of his arguments for subjective idealism.