ambivalence


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am·biv·a·lence

 (ăm-bĭv′ə-ləns)
n.
1. The coexistence of opposing attitudes or feelings, such as love and hate, toward a person, object, or idea.
2. Uncertainty or indecisiveness as to which course to follow.

[German Ambivalenz : Latin ambi-, ambi- + Latin valentia, vigor (from valēns, valent-, present participle of valēre, to be strong; see wal- in Indo-European roots).]

ambivalence

(æmˈbɪvələns) or

ambivalency

n
the simultaneous existence of two opposed and conflicting attitudes, emotions, etc
amˈbivalent adj

am•biv•a•lence

(æmˈbɪv ə ləns)

also am•biv′a•len•cy,



n.
uncertainty or fluctuation, esp. when caused by inability to make a choice or by a simultaneous desire to say or do two opposite things.
[1910–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ambivalence - mixed feelings or emotionsambivalence - mixed feelings or emotions    
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
conflict - opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings; "he was immobilized by conflict and indecision"

ambivalence

noun indecision, doubt, opposition, conflict, uncertainty, contradiction, wavering, fluctuation, hesitancy, equivocation, vacillation, irresolution I've never hidden my ambivalence about getting married.
Translations
ambivalencijaambivalentnost

ambivalence

[æmˈbɪvələns] Nambivalencia f

ambivalence

[æmˈbɪvələns] nambivalence f
ambivalence about sth → ambivalence à propos de qch
ambivalence towards sb/sth → ambivalence envers qn/qch

ambivalence

nAmbivalenz f

ambivalence

[æmˈbɪvələns] nambivalenza

am·biv·a·lence

n. ambivalencia.

ambivalence

n ambivalencia
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