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Definition of "ambivalence" []

  • The coexistence of opposing attitudes or feelings, such as love and hate, toward a person, object, or idea. (noun)
  • Uncertainty or indecisiveness as to which course to follow. (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.

Use "ambivalence" in a sentence
  • "London was both fascinated and repulsed by what he saw in New York City and his ambivalence is apparent throughout the essay."
  • "Just for the sake of clarity, my ambivalence is about going from 2 to 3."
  • ""A certain degree of ambivalence is a sign of maturity," he says."