ambivalent

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adjective am·biv·a·lent \-lənt\

Definition of ambivalent

  1. :  having or showing simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings toward something or someone :  characterized by ambivalence … people whose relationship to their job is ambivalent, conflicted. — Terrence Rafferty Americans are deeply ambivalent about the country's foreign role. Isolationist yearnings coexist uneasily with superpower policies. — David P. Calleo

ambivalently

adverb He spoke ambivalently about his military experiences.

Origin and Etymology of ambivalent

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1909





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