Ambiguous - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |æmˈbɪɡjuəs|  American pronunciation of the word ambiguous
Brit.  |amˈbɪɡjʊəs|  British pronunciation of the word ambiguous

adjective

- having no intrinsic or objective meaning; not organized in conventional patterns

an ambiguous situation with no frame of reference
ambiguous inkblots

Examples

We were confused by the ambiguous wording of the message.

He looked at her with an ambiguous smile.

Due to the ambiguous nature of the question, it was difficult to choose the right answer.

the ambiguous position of women in modern society

The language in the Minister's statement is highly ambiguous.

His role in the affair is ambiguous.

The legislation had been ambiguously worded.

an ambiguous situation with no frame of reference

...a codicil to the treaty was necessary to clarify certain provisos that had proved to be ambiguous...

...believing that poetry need not be as perspicuous as prose, he writes poems that are intentionally ambiguous...

The language is often elliptical and ambiguous.

the import of his announcement was ambiguous

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