Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an ambiguous manner; with doubtful meaning.

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

  • adverb In an ambiguous manner; with doubtful meaning.

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  • adverb In an ambiguous manner.

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

  • adverb in an ambiguous manner

Etymologies

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ambiguous +‎ -ly

Examples

  • And as long as we use the term ambiguously and fail to discriminate between conscience proper and the term as used in the looser, larger sense, we will have nothing but confusion.

    To Infidelity and Back

  • Rosenbaum makes this more or less plain when he suggests that Encrypted within [Nabokov's] words, encoded indecipherably, ambiguously, is the equivalent of the secret of lightning.

    The Biographical Fallacy

  • Rosenbaum makes this more or less plain when he suggests that Encrypted within [Nabokov's] words, encoded indecipherably, ambiguously, is the equivalent of the secret of lightning.

    October 2009

  • Rosenbaum makes this more or less plain when he suggests that Encrypted within [Nabokov's] words, encoded indecipherably, ambiguously, is the equivalent of the secret of lightning.

    Transforming Pencil Lead to Gold

  • At first glance, Colossal Youth gives the appearance of being almost atemporal, with no clearly delineated narrative, a series of scenes that take place in ambiguously defined present.

    GreenCine Daily: Same time next year?

  • How ambiguously, that is, the two trends, empirical and metaphysical, were able to co-exist.

    Psychology in Search of Psyches: Friedrich Schelling, Gotthilf Schubert and the Obscurities of the Romantic Soul

  • You don't realize how often we use terms ambiguously in our technical jargon ...

    MSDN Blogs

  • For ‘circle’ is used ambiguously, meaning both the circle, unqualified, and the individual circle, because there is no name peculiar to the individuals.

    Metaphysics

  • _Ambifariam_ may mean "ambiguously" in the sense of involving both sides of a contradiction (i.e. both of two contradictory propositions).

    The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura

  • As a general rule, for the movies they came up with lighter endings - most of his plays end ambiguously and darkly.

    Reluctant Readers (copy)

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