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 (such as attraction and repulsion) toward an object, person, or action felt ambivalence toward his powerful father ambivalence toward marriage

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

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Origin and Etymology 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

ambivalent

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ambivalently

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