ambivalence

(redirected from ambivalences)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.

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).]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

ambivalence

(æmˈbɪvələns) or

ambivalency

n
the simultaneous existence of two opposed and conflicting attitudes, emotions, etc
amˈbivalent adj
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

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]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

ambivalence

noun indecision, doubt, opposition, conflict, uncertainty, contradiction, wavering, fluctuation, hesitancy, equivocation, vacillation, irresolution I've never hidden my ambivalence about getting married.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
Translations
ambivalencijaambivalentnost

ambivalence

[æmˈbɪvələns] Nambivalencia f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

ambivalence

[æmˈbɪvələns] nambivalence f
ambivalence about sth → ambivalence à propos de qch
ambivalence towards sb/sth → ambivalence envers qn/qch
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

ambivalence

nAmbivalenz f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

ambivalence

[æmˈbɪvələns] nambivalenza
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

am·biv·a·lence

n. ambivalencia.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

ambivalence

n ambivalencia
English-Spanish/Spanish-English Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
Social security in religious networks; anthropological perspectives on new risks and ambivalences.
The nod to a personal-computer station only deepens th e painting's rich ambivalences: what to make of the thin, speedy lines as opposed to the thick black contours of the "module" that grounds the work, or the fact that the black line along the bottom of that form is not a line at all but the shadow along the edge of the canvas.
Given this important difference, though, in the denouement of each figure's relationship with the Party, what doubts and ambivalences do they share during the course of their memberships?
A play in five acts, "Ambivalences," "Violators," "Victims," "Revolt," and finally "Responsibility," the writing follows a clear line of action.
The volume as a whole works to portray a complex cultural vision of desire, one that explores the ambivalences that lie at the heart of such erotic codes as Petrarchism and libertinism, and that inflects the relationship between poet and lover, and poet and court.