Ambiguous

  • 1 ambiguous — I adjective abstruse, ambiguus, ambivalent, confused, difficult to comprehend, doubtful, dubious, equivocal, having a double meaning, indefinite, indistinct, inexact, lacking clearness, not clear, not plain, obscure, open to various… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Ambiguous — Am*big u*ous, a. [L. ambiguus, fr. ambigere to wander about, waver; amb + agere to drive.] Doubtful or uncertain, particularly in respect to signification; capable of being understood in either of two or more possible senses; equivocal; as, an… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 ambiguous — UK US /æmˈbɪgjuəs/ adjective ► having more than one possible meaning, and therefore likely to cause confusion: »Many companies are appealing against the ruling, because the wording is ambiguous …

    Financial and business terms

  • 4 ambiguous — (adj.) 1520s, from L. ambiguus having double meaning, shifting, changeable, doubtful, adjective derived from ambigere to dispute about, lit. to wander, from ambi about (see AMBI (Cf. ambi )) + agere drive, lead, act (see ACT (Cf. act)). Sir… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 ambiguous — equivocal, cryptic, enigmatic, vague, *obscure, dark Analogous words: dubious, *doubtful, questionable Antonyms: explicit Contrasted words: lucid, perspicuous, *clear: express, definite, specific, categorical (see EXPLICIT) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 ambiguous — [adj] having more than one meaning clear as dishwater*, cryptic, doubtful, dubious, enigmatic, enigmatical, equivocal, inconclusive, indefinite, indeterminate, inexplicit, muddy, obscure, opaque, puzzling, questionable, tenebrous, uncertain,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 ambiguous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of language) having more than one meaning. 2) not clear or decided. DERIVATIVES ambiguously adverb. ORIGIN Latin ambiguus doubtful …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 ambiguous — [am big′yo͞o əs] adj. [L ambiguus < ambigere, to wander < ambi , about, around + agere, to do, ACT1] 1. having two or more possible meanings 2. not clear; indefinite; vague SYN. OBSCURE ambiguously adv. ambiguousness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 ambiguous — 01. The President was purposefully [ambiguous] in his reply. 02. I feel pretty [ambiguous] about the party. I hope it s a success, but I don t want to go myself. 03. There can be no [ambiguity] over the right of people to say what they believe.… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 10 ambiguous — ambiguously, adv. ambiguousness, n. /am big yooh euhs/, adj. 1. open to or having several possible meanings or interpretations; equivocal: an ambiguous answer. 2. Ling. (of an expression) exhibiting constructional homonymity; having two or more… …

    Universalium

  • 11 ambiguous — am•big•u•ous [[t]æmˈbɪg yu əs[/t]] adj. 1) cv open to or having several possible meanings or interpretations: an ambiguous answer[/ex] 2) difficult to comprehend, distinguish, or classify: a rock of ambiguous character[/ex] 3) lacking clearness… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 12 ambiguous — 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

  • 13 ambiguous — [[t]æmbɪ̱gjuəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe something as ambiguous, you mean that it is unclear or confusing because it can be understood in more than one way. This agreement is very ambiguous and open to various interpretations... The… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 ambiguous — adjective Etymology: Latin ambiguus, from ambigere to be undecided, from ambi + agere to drive more at agent Date: 1528 1. a. doubtful or uncertain especially from obscurity or indistinctness < eyes of an ambiguous color …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 ambiguous — adj. VERBS ▪ be ▪ remain ▪ leave sth, make sth, render sth ▪ The paragraph is rendered ambiguous by the writer s careless use of pronouns …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 ambiguous — am|big|u|ous [æmˈbıgjuəs] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: ambiguus, from ambigere to wander around , from ambi ( AMBI ) + agere to drive ] something that is ambiguous is unclear, confusing, or not certain, especially because it can be… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 ambiguous — adjective a) Open to multiple interpretations. The politician was criticized for his ambiguous statements and lack of precision. b) Vague and unclear. He gave an ambiguous answer. Syn: equivocal Ant …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 ambiguous — am|big|u|ous [ æm bıgjuəs ] adjective * 1. ) not clear, or capable of being understood in more than one way: The wording of the law is highly ambiguous. 2. ) confusing or not definite, and so difficult to understand: Their position in society… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 ambiguous — [16] Ambiguous carries the etymological notion of ‘wandering around uncertainly’. It comes ultimately from the Latin compound verb ambigere, which was formed from the prefix ambi (as in AMBIDEXTROUS) and the verb agere ‘drive, lead’ (a prodigious …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 20 ambiguous — adjective 1 having more than one meaning, so that it is not clear which is intended: an ambiguous sentence 2 difficult to understand: His role in the affair is ambiguous. ambiguously adverb ambiguity noun (C, U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English