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ambiguity

[am-bi-gyoo-i-tee] /ˌæm bɪˈgyu ɪ ti/
noun, plural ambiguities.
1.
doubtfulness or uncertainty of meaning or intention:
to speak with ambiguity; an ambiguity of manner.
2.
an unclear, indefinite, or equivocal word, expression, meaning, etc.:
a contract free of ambiguities; the ambiguities of modern poetry.
Origin of ambiguity
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English ambiguite < Latin ambiguitās, equivalent to ambigu(us) ambiguous + -itās -ity
Related forms
nonambiguity, noun, plural nonambiguities.
Synonyms
1. vagueness, deceptiveness. 2. equivocation.
Antonyms
1. explicitness, clarity.
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ambiguity

/ˌæmbɪˈɡjuːɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the possibility of interpreting an expression in two or more distinct ways
2.
an instance of this, as in the sentence they are cooking apples
3.
vagueness or uncertainty of meaning: there are several ambiguities in the situation
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Word Origin and History for ambiguity
n.

c.1400, "uncertainty, doubt, indecision, hesitation," also from Medieval Latin ambiguitatem (nominative ambiguitas) "double meaning, equivocalness, double sense," noun of state from ambiguus (see ambiguous).

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