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ambivalence

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noun am·biv·a·lence \am-ˈbi-və-lən(t)s\

Definition of ambivalence

  1. 1 :  simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings (as attraction and repulsion) toward an object, person, or action

  2. 2 a :  continual fluctuation (as between one thing and its opposite) b :  uncertainty as to which approach to follow

am·biv·a·lentplay \-lənt\ adjective
am·biv·a·lent·ly adverb


Origin of ambivalence

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1909


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ambivalence

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noun am·biv·a·lence \am-ˈbiv-ə-lən(t)s\

Medical Definition of ambivalence

  1. :  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>

  2. am·biv·a·lent \-lənt\play adjective
    am·biv·a·lent·ly adverb





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