ambivalence

noun am·biv·a·lence \ am-ˈbi-və-lən(t)s \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

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
2 a : 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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ambivalence

noun am·biv·a·lence \ am-ˈbiv-ə-lən(t)s \

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

ambivalent

play \-lənt\ adjective

ambivalently

adverb


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