gray area


: an area or situation in which it is difficult to judge what is right and what is wrong
There are no gray areas in the rules.
a legal gray area

Examples of gray area in a Sentence

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“Gray area.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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