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ambivalence

Line breaks: am¦biva|lence
Pronunciation: /amˈbɪv(ə)l(ə)ns
 
, amˈbɪvəl(ə)ns, amˈbɪvələns/

Definition of ambivalence in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The state of having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone: the law’s ambivalence about the importance of a victim’s identity government ambivalence towards the arts
More example sentences
  • In the past, I might have struggled to join in, concealing my ambivalence with uncertain assertions.
  • At every stage, ambivalence and indecision has meant that decisions were forced upon them by events on the ground.
  • Montgomerie is equally tentative, possibly because he senses Kidd's ambivalence.
Synonyms
conflict, contradiction, clash, confusion, dilemma, quandary;
muddle, vagueness, haze, haziness, unclearness
informal iffiness
archaic equivocacy

Words that rhyme with ambivalence

equivalence

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