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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
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