American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The coexistence of opposing attitudes or feelings, such as love and hate, toward a person, object, or idea.
- n. Uncertainty or indecisiveness as to which course to follow.
- n. The coexistence of opposing attitudes or feelings (such as love and hate) towards a person, object or idea.
- n. A state of uncertainty or indecisiveness.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. mixed feelings or emotions; uncertainty or vacillation in making a choice.
- n. (Psychol.) the simultaneous existence within a person of both positive and negative feelings toward another person or action, or toward an object (as of attraction and revulsion), resulting in internal conflict.
- n. mixed feelings or emotions
- From Latin ambi- ("both") and valentia ("strength"), from the verb valere ("to be strong") (see valiant). Coined 1910 by Swiss psychologist Eugen Bleule for "simultaneous conflicting feelings", by 1929 had taken on a broader literary and general sense. (Wiktionary)
- German Ambivalenz : Latin ambi-, ambi- + Latin valentia, vigor (from valēns, valent-, present participle of valēre, to be strong; see wal- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“London was both fascinated and repulsed by what he saw in New York City and his ambivalence is apparent throughout the essay.”
“Just for the sake of clarity, my ambivalence is about going from 2 to 3.”
“A certain degree of ambivalence is a sign of maturity," he says.”
“One of the most widely studied aspects of ambivalence is how it affects thinking.”
“After a few years embroiled in ambivalence, empathy, concern and more, the changes medication, consoling and more, can have on this person “at times” seemingly leaves them like an empty vessel where life, as we know it, has just been sucked out of them, and yes, they are indeed slower.”
“But in "The Monster Within," Barbara Almond tells us that such maternal ambivalence is common in every culture.”
“Almond calms the reader, suggesting that we can only do our best and trust that our ambivalence is more than compensated for by our devotion and love.”
“Many Americans these days are buying their first gold shares — but with a certain ambivalence, all too aware that the metal 's price can move suddenly.”
“His work's ambivalence is the source of its power.”
“I would agree that there's great amibivalence in the portrayal of these characters, and that the plays in which they appear ought not to be merely dismissed, but there's no point in denying that some of the ambivalence is unattractive, to say the least.”
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