Definition of ambiguity in English:

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Pronunciation: /ambɪˈɡjuːɪti/

noun (plural ambiguities)

[mass noun]
The quality of being open to more than one interpretation; inexactness: we can detect no ambiguity in this section of the Act [count noun]: ambiguities in such questions are potentially very dangerous
More example sentences
  • It is sure to retain its ambiguity, its complexity, and its centrality in human life.
  • So any question of ambiguity is really dealt with in accordance with those ordinary principles.
  • In my opinion, since there is no ambiguity or uncertainty, the application of this rule does not arise.
ambivalence, equivocation;
obscurity, vagueness, abstruseness, doubtfulness, uncertainty;
puzzle, enigma
archaic equivocacy
rare dubiety
(ambiguities) doublespeak, double-talk


Late Middle English: from Old French ambiguite or Latin ambiguitas, from ambiguus 'doubtful' (see ambiguous).

Words that rhyme with ambiguity

acuity, annuity, assiduity, congruity, contiguity, continuity, exiguity, fatuity, fortuity, gratuity, ingenuity, perpetuity, perspicuity, promiscuity, suety, superfluity, tenuity, vacuity

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