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Meaning of AMBIGUITY

Pronunciation:  `ambu'gyooitee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning
  2. [n]  an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context

AMBIGUITY is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: equivocalness
 Antonyms: unambiguity, unequivocalness
 See Also: amphibology, amphiboly, double entendre, equivocation, evasiveness, expression, lexical ambiguity, locution, loophole, parisology, polysemy, prevarication, saying, unclearness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Am`bi*gu"i*ty\, n.; pl. {Ambiguities}. [L.
ambiguitas, fr. ambiguus: cf. F. ambiguit['e].]
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.

      No shadow of ambiguity can rest upon the course to be
      pursued.                                 --I. Taylor.

      The words are of single signification, without any
      ambiguity.                               --South.

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