gray area


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gray area

n.
An area of uncertainty or indeterminacy: "people ... whose problems lie in that vast gray area between the physical and mental" (Carla Cantor).
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Noun1.gray area - an intermediate area; a topic that is not clearly one thing or the other
area - a subject of study; "it was his area of specialization"; "areas of interest include..."
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In the Gray Area by Lt Col Seth Folsom, USMC, is an informative, insightful, and timely memoir of his experience as a military advisor to the Iraqi army in 2008.
This central segment of the spectrum, which may be more or less narrow, depending on the extent of the morphologic complexity of the lesions, objectively constitutes a morphologically gray area and contains cases that are difficult to diagnose.
To make purchasing TRR easier, gray area retirees can now get a DS logon by contacting the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System/Defense Manpower Data Center Support Office and remotely verify their identity.
There is one standard of right and wrong--two extremes, no gray area.
Ten years ago, we examined appellate court trends in permanent alimony in gray area marriages.
When a broker from a firm brings a tenant to a building that is represented by another broker of the same firm, a gray area is created, Hennessy says, where conflicts of interest can emerge.
Note: Online gambling constitutes a legal gray area, so play at your own risk.
The separation of church and state is such a gray area,'' Murph said.
The gray area is when women have had estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer," said Jennifer Reilly, senior nutritionist for the Cancer Project, a nonprofit organization.
Whether or not humans will be susceptible to CWD is a gray area right now" he says.
Between them stretch a length of days that are to be counted--'ordinary' in fact comes from 'ordinal' and is not meant to suggest that the time is ordinary or simply commonplace, a gray area we pass through between the high sacred holidays of Easter and Christmas.
To Hackney, the saga of his attempts to hold a middle ground at Penn is "a story about the gray area, about how hard it is to be a centrist when the forces of polarization are so strong.