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Meaning of AMPHIBOLOUS

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Am*phib"o*lous\, a. [L. amphibolus, Gr. ? thrown
about, doubtful. See {Amphibole}.]
1. Ambiguous; doubtful. [Obs.]

         Never was there such an amphibolous quarrel -- both
         parties declaring themselves for the king. --Howell.

2. (Logic) Capable of two meanings.

         An amphibolous sentence is one that is capable of
         two meanings, not from the double sense of any of
         the words, but from its admitting of a double
         construction; e. g., ``The duke yet lives that Henry
         shall depose.''                       --Whately.

 

 

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