ambivalence


am·biv·a·lence

noun \am-ˈbi-və-lən(t)s\

Definition of AMBIVALENCE

1
:  simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings (as attraction and repulsion) toward an object, person, or action
2
a :  continual fluctuation (as between one thing and its opposite)
b :  uncertainty as to which approach to follow
am·biv·a·lent \-lənt\ adjective
am·biv·a·lent·ly adverb

Origin of AMBIVALENCE

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1909

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am·biv·a·lence

noun \am-ˈbiv-ə-lən(t)s\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of AMBIVALENCE

: simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings (as attraction and repulsion) toward an object, person, or action <ambivalence which is expressed in behavior by alternating obedience and rebellion—G. S. Blum>
am·biv·a·lent \-lənt\ adjective
am·biv·a·lent·ly adverb

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