ambitendency

noun
am·​bi·​tend·​en·​cy | \ ˈam-bi-ˌten-dən-sē How to pronounce ambitendency (audio) \
plural ambitendencies

Medical Definition of ambitendency

: a tendency to act in opposite ways or directions : the presence of opposing behavioral drives

Learn More About ambitendency

Dictionary Entries Near ambitendency

ambisexual

ambitendency

ambivalence

See More Nearby Entries 

Cite this Entry

“Ambitendency.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/ambitendency. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!