ambivalent
ambivalent ambivalent adj. 1. 1 undecided as to whether or not to take a proposed course of action; having feelings both for and against the proposed action.

Syn: on the fence(predicate), suspensive, uncertain [WordNet 1.5]


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  • ambivalent — ambivalent, ente [ ɑ̃bivalɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1924; all. ambivalent ♦ Psychol. Qui comporte deux valeurs contraires. ⇒ double. Un comportement ambivalent. ● ambivalent, ambivalente adjectif (allemand ambivalent) Qui présente une ambivalence. ●… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • ambivalent — ambivalent, ambiguous The terms ambivalent and ambivalence are first recorded in about 1916 in the context of psychology, and in particular the Jungian notion of ‘the coexistence in one person of contradictory emotions or attitudes towards a… …   Modern English usage

  • ambivalent — AMBIVALÉNT, Ă, ambivalenţi, te, adj. Cu ambivalenţă. – Din fr. ambivalent. Trimis de ana zecheru, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  ambivalént adj. m., pl. ambivalénţi; f. sg. ambivaléntă, pl. ambiva …   Dicționar Român

  • ambivalent — Adj zwiespältig per. Wortschatz fach. (20. Jh.) Neoklassische Bildung. Zuerst Ambivalenz von E. Bleuler 1911 gebildet für das Nebeneinander von entgegengesetzten Gefühlen, in Analogie zu Äquivalenz Gleichwertigkeit (äquivalent), zu l. valēns (… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • ambivalent — Adj. (Aufbaustufe) in sich widersprüchlich, mehrdeutig Synonyme: doppeldeutig, doppelsinnig, zwiespältig, paradox (geh.) Beispiel: Ihre Einstellung dazu ist ambivalent. Kollokation: ambivalent reagieren …   Extremes Deutsch

  • ambivalent — ambivalent. См. амбивалентный. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • ambivalent — index ambiguous, equivocal, evasive, oblique (evasive) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • ambivalent — (adj.) 1916, originally a term in psychology; back formation from AMBIVALENCE (Cf. ambivalence). In general use by 1929 …   Etymology dictionary

  • ambivalent — [adj] conflicting clashing, contradictory, debatable, doubtful, equivocal, fluctuating, hesitant, inconclusive, irresolute, mixed, opposed, uncertain, undecided, unresolved, unsure, vacillating, warring, wavering; concepts 534,564 Ant. certain,… …   New thesaurus

  • ambivalent — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone. DERIVATIVES ambivalence noun ambivalently adverb. ORIGIN from Latin ambi on both sides + valere be worth …   English terms dictionary

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