Ambiguity Am`bi*gu"i*ty, n.; pl. {Ambiguities}. [L. ambiguitas, fr. ambiguus: cf. F. ambiguit['e].] The quality or state of being ambiguous; doubtfulness or uncertainty, particularly as to the signification of language, arising from its admitting of more than one meaning; an equivocal word or expression. [1913 Webster]

No shadow of ambiguity can rest upon the course to be pursued. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

The words are of single signification, without any ambiguity. --South. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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