What does ambiguity mean?

Definitions for ambiguity
ˌæm bɪˈgyu ɪ tiam·bi·gu·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ambiguity(noun)

    an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context

  2. ambiguity, equivocalness(noun)

    unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning


  1. ambiguity(Noun)

    Something liable to more than one interpretation, explanation or meaning, if that meaning etc cannot be determined from its context.

    His speech was made with such great ambiguity that neither supporter nor opponent could be certain of his true position.

  2. ambiguity(Noun)

    The state of being ambiguous.

  3. Origin: From ambiguite, from ambiguite (French ambiguïté), from ambiguitas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ambiguity(noun)

    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

  2. Origin: [L. ambiguitas, fr. ambiguus: cf. F. ambiguit.]


  1. Ambiguity

    Ambiguity of information, in words, pictures, or other media, is the ability to express more than one interpretation. It is generally contrasted with vagueness, in that specific and distinct interpretations are permitted, whereas with information that is vague it is difficult to form any interpretation at the desired level of specificity. Context may play a role in resolving ambiguity. For example, the same piece of information may be ambiguous in one context and unambiguous in another.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ambiguity' in Nouns Frequency: #2906

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ambiguity in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ambiguity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of ambiguity in a Sentence

  1. Allen Adamson:

    Corporate leaders are better off having a very clear, principled view that customers can either agree or disagree with rather than having ambiguity and lack of clarity as to what the company stands for.

  2. Basma Kodmani:

    There is still ambiguity about whether the air bombings will stop entirely, the statement is not clear enough about that and we still have some concerns about that.

  3. Sandeep Aggarwal:

    15 traits common for the people who do really well in start-up 1. Deal with ambiguity 2. Can work without handholding 3. Hustler and fighter 4. keep trying and never give up 5. High Passion and Energy 6. No sense of entitlements 7. Excellent in multi-tasking 8. Prototyping - start from somewhere and get better 9. Byte by byte or piece by piece approach 10. Hungry and ambitious 11. Learn from mistakes 12. Not afraid of failures 13. High on common sense 14. Dare to dream 15. Push their limits and step out of their comfort zone

  4. Donald Trump:

    Oh, I'm looking forward to these trade deals, there is going to be no ambiguity.

  5. Gilda Radner:

    I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.

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