Definition of ambivalence
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
2a : continual fluctuation (as between one thing and its opposite)b : uncertainty as to which approach to follow ambivalence about their goals
Recent Examples of ambivalence from the Web
Even the girl does not fully understand her ambivalence.
Throughout, Trump has continued to telegraph his ambivalence, refusing to commit one way or another during his first overseas trip this month.
And, at a White House press conference in February with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump himself expressed ambivalence about Palestinian statehood.
Sergeant also expressed ambivalence about antispammers sharing their tactics so openly.
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Origin and Etymology of ambivalence
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1909
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
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