Definition of ambiguity in English:

ambiguity

Line breaks: am¦bi¦gu|ity
Pronunciation: /ambɪˈgjuːɪti
 
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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
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    ambivalence, equivocation; obscurity, vagueness, abstruseness, doubtfulness, uncertainty; puzzle, enigma
    archaic equivocacy
    rare dubiety
    (ambiguities) doublespeak, double-talk

Origin

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

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