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>

Origin and Etymology of ambivalence

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1909


Medical Dictionary

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

\-lənt\play adjective

ambivalently

adverb


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