Definition of ambiguous in English:

ambiguous

Line breaks: am¦bigu|ous
Pronunciation: /amˈbɪgjʊəs
 
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adjective

1Open to more than one interpretation; not having one obvious meaning: ambiguous phrases
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  • The Constitution is an ambiguous document open to interpretation by all.
  • They considered the Act to be ambiguous and open to interpretation on this point.
  • Once more, the evidence is ambiguous and interpretations have become polarized.
1.1Not clear or decided: the election result was ambiguous
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  • Whether their other plans are ambiguous or meaningless is unclear.
  • This ambiguous attitude makes his art cryptic: viewers are left grasping at answers.
  • Is it any wonder that his ambiguous hybrid art dissolves boundaries in such an equivocal manner?
Synonyms
equivocal, ambivalent, open to debate, open to argument, arguable, debatable; Delphic, cryptic, enigmatic, gnomic, paradoxical, misleading; obscure, unclear, vague, abstruse, puzzling, perplexing, riddling, doubtful, dubious, uncertain; double-edged, backhanded

Origin

early 16th century (in the sense 'indistinct, obscure'): from Latin ambiguus 'doubtful' (from ambigere 'waver, go around', from ambi- 'both ways' + agere 'to drive') + -ous.

Derivatives

ambiguously

adverb
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  • Many of them speak loudly, but also ambiguously.
  • But he ambiguously admitted that ‘much more aggression is needed in opposition’, without specifying from whom.
  • Some suggested that the bylaw was ambiguously worded.

ambiguousness

noun
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  • Nowadays, directors overuse music, lighting, and camera angles to destroy any ambiguousness in characters.
  • Fans of the first film will agree that the sheer ambiguousness and enigmatic status of the film's villain was the main ingredient that catapulted the original into cult status.
  • He carries off the ambiguousness of Prot's character with understated precision.

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