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"
having more than one possible meaning
"ambiguous words"; "frustrated by ambiguous instructions, the parents were unable to assemble the toy"
having no intrinsic or objective meaning; not organized in conventional patterns
"an ambiguous situation with no frame of reference"; "ambiguous inkblots"
Open to multiple interpretations.
The politician was criticized for his ambiguous statements and lack of precision.
Vague and unclear.
He gave an ambiguous answer.
Of persons: hesitant; uncertain; not taking sides.
Thomas Salusbury (1662): And forasmuch as in this same question I am ambiguous, and Simplicius is resolute....
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
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
am-big′ū-us, adj. of doubtful signification: indistinct: wavering or uncertain: equivocal.—n. Ambigū′ity, uncertainty or dubiousness of meaning—also Ambig′uousness.—adv. Ambig′uously. [L. ambiguus—ambigĕre, to go about—ambi, about, agĕre, to drive.]
The numerical value of ambiguous in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of ambiguous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of ambiguous in a Sentence
The late Mr. Archie Augustine (a Roman Catholic) from Estcourt, Kwa Zulu Natal put it beautifully when he said the following about the Qur’an: “Despite your religious or non-religious attitudes, the Holy Qur’aan is a boon to your intellectual and moral strength. Even if you are not concerned with moral issues, then pamper your intellectual curiosity and read the Qur’aan. The greater the level of your education, in any field, or the greater your social or political standing in your community, the more reason why you should procure your own copy of the Book and begin to read it”. “Nothing, but nothing, is left ambiguous or unanswered. It is a Book of Law interwoven in morality till it touches every facet of the human experience. It includes politics, economics, moral behaviour, personal cleanliness and propriety, inter-family relationships, bequests and inheritance, inter-religious respect and tolerance, charity, the sin of taking and of giving commercial interest, the importance of prayer, the belief in ONE GOD, religious-sociology and oneness of humankind. Bring any manner or word, concept or subject matter to mind and you will find, not only a reference to such a matter, but a treatise, succinctly and poignantly illustrating, advising, illuminating and directing”. A POEM ON THE HOLY QURAN WRITTEN SOME 35 YEARS AGO BY THE NINTH PRESIDENT OF INDIA, DR. PANDIT SHANKER DAYAL SHARMA: (IT WAS A COMMAND FOR ACTION. YOU TURNED IT INTO A BOOK OF PRAYER.) (IT WAS A BOOK TO UNDERSTAND. YOU READ IT WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING.) (IT WAS A CODE FOR THE LIVING. YOU TURNED IT INTO A MANIFESTO OF THE DEAD.) (THAT WHICH WAS A BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE; YOU ABDICATED TO THE IGNORAMUS). (IT CAME TO GIVE KNOWLEDGE OF CREATION. YOU ABANDONED IT TO THE MADRASA.) (IT CAME TO GIVE LIFE TO DEAD NATIONS. YOU USED IT FOR SEEKING MERCY FOR THE DEAD.) (O’ MUSLIMS! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?)
Going down the line, Donald Trump can see what was left ambiguous.
It was disappointing, his announcement ... is an ambiguous position and did not reach the level of cancelling the Oslo Accords.
In my 50 years, almost, of practicing law, I have never seen a case like this one because there is not a scintilla of criminal culpability that can be attributed to Cuba Gooding Jr. after I have extensively, with my staff, reviewed the video of almost two hours which reflects the entire event for which we are here today, mr. Gooding has not acted inappropriately in any shape or form. Nothing in the video could even be considered ambiguous and I, frankly, am shocked and horrified that this case is being prosecuted.
We train and operate in dynamic, complex and ambiguous environments and our operators are empowered and trusted to independently make difficult decisions during missions, they have consistently proven that their empowerment and trust is warranted. Allegations that indicate otherwise are, and will continue to be, investigated by the appropriate military and law enforcement authorities.
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Translations for ambiguous
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- двусмислен, неясенBulgarian
- ambiguCatalan, Valencian
- tvetydig, flertydig, forblommet, dobbelttydig, dunkelDanish
- mehrdeutig, doppeldeutig, unklar, vage, zweideutigGerman
- moniselitteinen, tulkinnanvarainen, epäselväFinnish
- rancu, kaburIndonesian
- 曖昧, 曖昧なJapanese
- нејасен, двосмисленMacedonian
- vaag, dubbelzinnig, ambigu, onduidelijkDutch
- vag, flertydig, tvetydig, uklarNorwegian
- wieloznaczny, dwuznacznyPolish
- vago, indefinido, dúbio, ambíguo, imprecisoPortuguese
- ambiguu, cu multe sensuriRomanian
- višeznačan, dvosmislen, nejasanSerbo-Croatian
- i dykuptueshëmAlbanian
- dubbeltydig, osäker, svävande, tvetydig, vag, dunkelSwedish
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