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ambivalence

[am-biv-uh-luh ns] /æmˈbɪv ə ləns/
noun
1.
uncertainty or fluctuation, especially when caused by inability to make a choice or by a simultaneous desire to say or do two opposite or conflicting things.
2.
Psychology. the coexistence within an individual of positive and negative feelings toward the same person, object, or action, simultaneously drawing him or her in opposite directions.
Also, ambivalency.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; ambi- + valence
Related forms
ambivalent, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ambivalency

ambivalence

/æmˈbɪvələns/
noun
1.
the simultaneous existence of two opposed and conflicting attitudes, emotions, etc
Derived Forms
ambivalent, adjective
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Word Origin and History for ambivalency

ambivalence

n.

"simultaneous conflicting feelings," 1924 (1912 as ambivalency), from German Ambivalenz, coined 1910 by Swiss psychologist Eugen Bleuler (1857-1939) on model of German Equivalenz "equivalence," etc., from Latin ambi- "both" (see ambi-) + valentia "strength," from present participle of valere "be strong" (see valiant). A psychological term that by 1929 had taken on a broader literary and general sense.

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ambivalency in Medicine

ambivalence am·biv·a·lence (ām-bĭv'ə-ləns)
n.
The coexistence of opposing attitudes or feelings toward a person, an object, or an idea.


am·biv'a·lent adj.
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