Amphibolous
Amphibolous Am*phib"o*lous, a. [L. amphibolus, Gr. ? thrown about, doubtful. See {Amphibole}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Ambiguous; doubtful. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Never was there such an amphibolous quarrel -- both parties declaring themselves for the king. --Howell. [1913 Webster]

2. (Logic) Capable of two meanings. [1913 Webster]

An amphibolous sentence is one that is capable of two meanings, not from the double sense of any of the words, but from its admitting of a double construction; e. g., ``The duke yet lives that Henry shall depose.'' --Whately. [1913 Webster]


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