Definition of ambivalent in English:

ambivalent

Line breaks: am¦biva|lent
Pronunciation: /amˈbɪv(ə)l(ə)nt
 
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adjective

Derivatives

ambivalently

adverb
More example sentences
  • The first of these is aesthetic, the second political, but both inform her ambivalently negative attitudes towards still photography.
  • Both were deeply but ambivalently bonded with their male sidekicks and, to both, women were simultaneously a lure and a threat.
  • Clifford looks forward ambivalently to the day when such concerns will not be his.

Origin

early 20th century: from ambivalence (from German Ambivalenz), on the pattern of equivalent.

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