from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Doubtfulness or uncertainty as regards interpretation: "leading a life of alleged moral ambiguity” ( Anatole Broyard).
- n. Something of doubtful meaning: a poem full of ambiguities.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something liable to more than one interpretation, explanation or meaning, if that meaning etc cannot be determined from its context.
- n. The state of being ambiguous.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being ambiguous; doubtfulness or uncertainty, particularly of signification.
- n. An equivocal or ambiguous expression.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context
- n. unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning
Being willing to play in ambiguity is much more fun and interesting than coming to a firm and unmovable decision.
This ambiguity is also becoming part of US policy toward Israel.
The key to ambiguity is to fight that urge and leave a few of the pieces of the puzzle out, or figuratively turn them 90 degrees.
An example of this ambiguity is the E-Data patent on "point of sale location."
Perhaps most representative of this ambiguity is the kiss that concludes the wedding ceremony, permission for which is granted only after bride and groom have been legally transformed into man and wife.
Real ambiguity, the right kind of ambiguity, is when there's absolute clarity about what happened -- and very little about what it all means.
That ambiguity is part of what appeals to me, and what makes her character more complex and compelling than a simple poster child for historical misogyny.
In any event, any ambiguity is cleared up by the guarantee of freedom of speech immediately preceding.
PROS: Cole's previous moral ambiguity is finally addressed; thoroughly engaging from start to finish; a quick read thanks to Resnick's smooth prose.
This ambiguity is due to the blurred distinction between good and evil in dualistic Eastern religions ....