- Having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone: some loved her, some hated her, few were ambivalent about her an ambivalent attitude to EuropeMore example sentences
equivocal, uncertain, unsure, doubtful, indecisive, inconclusive, irresolute, in two minds, undecided, unresolved, in a dilemma, on the horns of a dilemma, in a quandary, on the fence, torn, hesitating, fluctuating, wavering, vacillating, equivocating, mixed; opposing, conflicting, contradictory, clashing; confused, muddled, vague, hazy, unclear• informal iffy, blowing hot and cold
- To say that councillors are ambivalent about the idea is an understatement.
- Those sentiments are a far cry from her early years when she had an altogether more ambivalent attitude towards her singing.
- In practice, we have managed to do better than our ambivalent attitudes suggest.
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- 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.
early 20th century: from ambivalence (from German Ambivalenz), on the pattern of equivalent.