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am·big·u·ous

 (ăm-bĭg′yo͞o-əs)
adj.
1. Open to more than one interpretation: an ambiguous reply.
2. Doubtful or uncertain: "The theatrical status of her frequently derided but constantly revived plays remained ambiguous" (Frank Rich).

[From Latin ambiguus, uncertain, from ambigere, to go about : amb-, ambi-, around; see ambi- + agere, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots.]

am·big′u·ous·ly adv.
am·big′u·ous·ness n.
Synonyms: ambiguous, equivocal, vague
These adjectives mean lacking clarity, especially by being open to a variety of interpretations. Ambiguous indicates the presence of two or more possible meanings: "It was impossible to tell from his ambiguous expression whether he knew what was happening" (Paul Theroux).
Something equivocal is unclear or misleading: "The polling had a complex and equivocal message for potential female candidates" (David S. Broder).
What is vague is expressed in indefinite form or reflects imprecision of thought: "Vague ... forms of speech ... have so long passed for mysteries of science" (John Locke).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.ambiguously - in an ambiguous manner; "this letter is worded ambiguously"
unambiguously, unequivocally - in an unambiguous manner; "she stated her intentions unequivocally"
Translations
بِصُورَة غَامِضَه
dvojznačně
kétértelmûen
á tvíræîan hátt
dvojzmyselne
anlamı belirsiz bir şekilde

ambiguously

[æmˈbɪgjʊəslɪ] ADVambiguamente, de forma ambigua

ambiguously

[æmˈbɪgjuəsli] adv [say, define] → de façon ambiguë
ambiguously worded → exprimé(e) en termes ambigus

ambiguously

advzweideutig; ambiguously wordedzweideutig formuliert

ambiguously

[æmˈbɪgjʊəslɪ] advambiguamente

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 ?
He talked ambiguously, and was so apprehensive of what I might say that I had not the heart to catechise him.
Helen murmured ambiguously, and did not commit herself to one answer rather than to another.
When Sahraei was questioned whether this was the reason the sale was called off, he ambiguously said "supposedly.
The complex interplay of heroes, villains, and ambiguously self-serving factions in this character-driven epic will keep the reader riveted to the last page
Character descriptions are generally perfect, though Rafferty lands on the page ambiguously -- sometimes a demanding rich man, at other times weak and wobbling.
I suggest the first ambiguously abusive and misogynist phrase that comes to mind: "What's up, bitch?
issued an ambiguously worded statement that defused the tensions by allowing both sides to avoid taking the blame.
But speech that was only ambiguously lewd and could be interpreted as commenting on political or social issues could not be banned without a finding that it would be disruptive as described in Tinker.
Understanding WHOIS can be confusing, he says, because the term can refer ambiguously to a service program, to a database that stores WHOIS record, or to the record itself.
According to reports, receipts for the game amounted to PS640, while kick-off time was listed ambiguously as "in the afternoon".
Damon, 46, was granted permission to visit the country in 2013 and has ambiguously explained he was "researching something" in the isolated nation ruled by Kim Jong-Un.
15-24, the Mariinsky Ballet will head to The Kennedy Center in DC with Fokine's limpid Le Spectre de la Rose (1911), made famous by Nijinsky's ambiguously gendered rose; and The Swan, created by Fokine in 1907 for Nijinsky's sometime partner Anna Pavlova.