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
After pleasantries were exchanged, the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton, her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered.
And out of this improvisation comes a moment that can't be part of a dance, it becomes more of a personal moment, a moment about expressive gestures. And they're often, I call them, enigmatic or ambiguous moments.
There is no specific agreement for a phased rollback of the tariffs, the American side has been ambiguous when and which tariffs will be lifted. The Chinese have some wishful thinking and are trying to soothe their domestic hardliners that the tariffs will someday come off.
A doorway is an ambiguous phenomenon, a liminal spot in a person’s life. A door can be a choice, a possibility, a protection or an aperture to new-fangled values. It can mean a barrier, a prison or a gate to freedom. It can, however, vanish in the mist of unawareness by lack of social concern. At that moment, our freedom has become our jail and we feel locked up in our own liberty. Any exit has waned: the doorway has been absorbed in the stupor of our infatuation. ( “In the doorway” )
Potential legal challenges will depend upon how the new regulations are actually worded, but based on what we have heard so far, challengers to the new rules will face an uphill battle because it sounds like the primary thing the President is doing is interpreting an ambiguous federal statute, the President is allowed to adopt reasonable interpretations of ambiguous federal statutes.
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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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