latent ambiguity

noun Law.
uncertainty that arises when a seemingly clear written instrument is matched against an extrinsic fact, as when a description of something being sold fits two different items.

Origin:
1840–50

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Parol evidence is also admissible to explain a latent ambiguity.
Parol evidence is admissible not only to bring out the latent ambiguity but
  also to explain the true intention of the parties.
Latent ambiguity does not appear on the face of the instrument.
Given our conclusion a latent ambiguity exists, resort to extrinsic evidence is
  appropriate.
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