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Definition of "ambiguity" []

  • Doubtfulness or uncertainty as regards interpretation: "leading a life of alleged moral ambiguity” ( Anatole Broyard). (noun)
  • Something of doubtful meaning: a poem full of ambiguities. (noun)
  • The possibility of interpreting an expression in two or more distinct ways (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An instance of this, as in the sentence they are cooking apples (noun)
  • Vagueness or uncertainty of meaning (noun)

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Use "ambiguity" in a sentence
  • "Being willing to play in ambiguity is much more fun and interesting than coming to a firm and unmovable decision."
  • "This ambiguity is also becoming part of US policy toward Israel."
  • "The key to ambiguity is to fight that urge and leave a few of the pieces of the puzzle out, or figuratively turn them 90 degrees."