Definition of ambivalent in English:
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 Europe
More example sentences
- 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.
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
early 20th century: from ambivalence (from German Ambivalenz), on the pattern of equivalent.
- 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.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Canada
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Spain
Most popular in Malaysia
Most popular in India
Most popular in Pakistan