noun \ˌam-bə-ˈgyü-ə-tē\

: something that does not have a single clear meaning : something that is ambiguous

plural am·bi·gu·i·ties

Full Definition of AMBIGUITY

a :  the quality or state of being ambiguous especially in meaning (see ambiguous)
b :  a word or expression that can be understood in two or more possible ways :  an ambiguous word or expression

Examples of AMBIGUITY

  1. the ambiguities in his answers
  2. <the ambiguity of the clairvoyant's messages from the deceased allowed the grieving relatives to interpret them however they wished>
  3. A third factor amping your desire to speed things along: Despite the euphoria of those first kisses and dates, the initial stages of infatuation can be incredibly unsettling. You aren't sure yet where you stand with your mate, so you're anxious to shake the ambiguity, explains Regan. —Molly Triffin et al., Cosmopolitan, January 2008


(see ambiguous)
First Known Use: 15th century


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