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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 ?
His mother had two long conversations with Mills on his passage through Paris and had heard of me (I knew how that thick man could speak of people, he interjected ambiguously) and his mother, with an insatiable curiosity for anything that was rare (filially humorous accent here and a softer flash of teeth), was very anxious to have me presented to her(courteous intonation, but no teeth).
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.
Saturday Night Live gives its 90 minutes to Ace and Gary, the Ambiguously Gay Duo, to host highlights from Robert Smigel's inventive shorts (short films, that is].
These modes of appropriation, predicated on recycling rather than on out-and-out refutation, are necessarily contaminated and quite often ambiguously intentioned.
His primary voice, that of conflict, never ends in resolution, and River of Light concludes ambiguously with the three couples wandering in a bright circle of stage light.
Bejczy compares the different ways in which medieval civilization and Renaissance civilization satisfied this need, as exemplified by two works that, as Bejczy ambiguously implies, may or may not be representative of their respective cultures.
Justin/Hindley is so light-skinned a mulatto that he may mingle with the French plantocracy, but Cathy/Catherine, of darker complexion, is ambiguously positioned between the black and white worlds: "elle etait de la couleur du sirop qu'on vient de sortir du feu et qu'on refroidit au plein air."
Many of the individual cases Taylor describes -- including some of the Grimms' stories from Hesse -- support his theses only very ambiguously and by virtue of considerable interpretation.
The stories explore Harry's development from a kid unable to put together the clues that add up to his mother's infidelity ("Reno, Reno, Reno, Reno"), to a boy hurling vicious pitches at a mother who refuses to give in to his assault ("Under the Light" - the best story in the collection), to a youth making his first crude attempts at seduction in a treehouse ("The Naming"), to being ambiguously "seduced" by an older woman ("Smoke"), to his own replication of his mother's infidelity and his betrayal of his own spouse ("The Beast, Watered" and "I Am Not So Old").
of Cape Town, South Africa), Cape Town, South Africa is "an ambiguously African City" that still struggles with overcoming the legacy of 300 years of colonialism, slavery, segregation, and apartheid social engineering.
In two other works, well-known photographs of '60s race riots are the ground for toothpaste similarly deployed as a kind of twenty-first-century digital ectoplasm that links, however ambiguously and tenuously, the historical event to the contemporary viewer.