Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Doubtfulness or uncertainty as regards interpretation.
  • noun Something of doubtful meaning.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being ambiguous; doubtfulness or uncertainty, particularly of signification.
  • noun An equivocal or ambiguous expression.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being ambiguous; doubtfulness or uncertainty, particularly as to the signification of language, arising from its admitting of more than one meaning; an equivocal word or expression.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun countable Something liable to more than one interpretation, explanation or meaning, if that meaning etc cannot be determined from its context.
  • noun uncountable The state of being ambiguous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context
  • noun unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning

Etymologies

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From Middle English ambiguite, from Old French ambiguite (French ambiguïté), from Latin ambiguitas.

Examples

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  • Usage here.

    October 23, 2008

  • "Nothing, Pooh Bear, nothing. We can't all, and some of us don't. That's all there is to it."

    Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh, A. A. Milne

    December 3, 2009

  • JM states – give me ambiguity or give me something else!

    July 17, 2011

  • See dissemblance

    March 25, 2012