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
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Everything now depends on implementation - the text was worded in a very ambiguous way.
The President is allowed to adopt reasonable interpretations of ambiguous federal statutes.
It was disappointing, his announcement ... is an ambiguous position and did not reach the level of cancelling the Oslo Accords.
The bill is so ambiguous and so vague that doctors can not be certain what medical circumstances would be considered ‘ necessary to preserve the life of the mother, ’.
At the moment, both the flaperon's appearance and the drift study which 'validates' it seem to be of a weirdness sufficiently ambiguous to bolster confidence in theories across the suspicion spectrum.
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Translations for ambiguous
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- 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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