Definition of ambivalent
: 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
ambivalentlyadverb He spoke ambivalently about his military experiences.
Origin and Etymology of ambivalent
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1909See Words from the same year
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