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Meaning of AMBIGUOUS

Pronunciation:  am'bigyoous

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  having more than one possible meaning; "ambiguous words"; "frustrated by ambiguous instructions, the parents were unable to assemble the toy"
  2. [adj]  open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead; "an equivocal statement"; "the polling had a complex and equivocal (or ambiguous) message for potential female candidates"; "the officer's equivocal behavior increased the victim's uneasiness"; "popularity is an equivocal crown"; "an equivocal response to an embarrassing question"
  3. [adj]  (psychology) having no intrinsic or objective meaning; not organized in conventional patterns; "an ambiguous situation with no frame of reference"; "ambiguous inkblots"

AMBIGUOUS is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: ambivalent, double, double-barreled, double-barrelled, double-edged, enigmatic, evasive, forked, indeterminate, left-handed, multivalent, multi-valued, oracular, polysemantic, polysemous, uncertain, unstructured
 Antonyms: unambiguous, unequivocal, univocal
 See Also: ambiguous, equivocal, unclear



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Am*big"u*ous\, a. [L. ambiguus, fr. ambigere to
wander about, waver; amb- + agere to drive.]
Doubtful or uncertain, particularly in respect to
signification; capable of being understood in either of two
or more possible senses; equivocal; as, an ambiguous course;
an ambiguous expression.

      What have been thy answers? What but dark, Ambiguous,
      and with double sense deluding?          --Milton.

Syn: Doubtful; dubious; uncertain; unsettled; indistinct;
     indeterminate; indefinite. See {Equivocal}.

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