Definition of ambiguity in English:


Line breaks: am¦bi¦gu|ity
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;
archaic equivocacy
rare dubiety
(ambiguities)doublespeak, double-talk


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

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