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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

Etymologies

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

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  • See dissemblance

    March 25, 2012

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

    July 17, 2011

  • "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

  • Usage here.

    October 23, 2008