uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow
"was ambivalent about having children"
Simultaneously experiencing or expressing opposing or contradictory feelings, beliefs, or motivations.
Alternately having one opinion or feeling, and then the opposite.
Origin: From ambivalence, from Ambivalenz, from ambi- + valeo
The numerical value of ambivalent in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of ambivalent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Some clients have deep attachment issues, they don't know how to fit with a group or how to really bond with another human being. Or maybe they do bond but it's in an ambivalent way.
Americans have always had an ambivalent attitude toward intelligence. When they feel threatened, they want a lot of it, and when they don't, they regard the whole thing as somewhat immoral.
We had no idea the film was going to garner so much recognition and so many viewers, at first I think Ra enjoyed the recognition, especially locally in northern New Mexico, though even then he was ambivalent about it. Later he grew weary of the attention and felt it was a distraction from the work.
The bond between a man and his profession is similar to that which ties him to his country; it is just as complex, often ambivalent, and in general it is understood completely only when it is broken: by exile or emigration in the case of one's country, by retirement in the case of a trade or profession.
It was not an easy decision on their part and they had to think long and hard about it, and I think some of them still feel ambivalent about participating… One of the results of… ‘In Cold Blood' is that we have a lot of sympathy for the killers, because of how Truman Capote told that story… not excusing them for what they did, but seeing them as three-dimensional human beings. ..[and] all of these films kind of celebrate the killers in a perverse way…. the family felt very violated by the experience. They felt violated by ‘In Cold Blood.’.
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- противоречив, двойственBulgarian
- ambivalentní, rozporuplnýCzech
- doppelwertig, zwiespältig, ambivalentGerman
- ոչ միանշանակ, հակասականArmenian
- ragu, bimbang, ambivalenIndonesian
- 반대감정이 공존하는, 서로 용납하지 않는Korean
- ambivalent, ambivalenteDutch
- двойственный, противоречивыйRussian
- ambivalent, kluvenSwedish
- kararsız, ikircikli, ikircimli, müteredditTurkish
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