ambiguity[am′bə gyo̵̅o̅′ə tē]
- The definition of ambiguity is vagueness or a lack of clarity.
An example of ambiguity is when a person answers a question in a way that indicates he is not giving all of the details.
- the quality or state of being ambiguous
- pl. ambiguities an ambiguous word, statement, etc.
Origin of ambiguityMiddle English ambiguite ; from Classical Latin ambiguitas
- Doubtfulness or uncertainty as regards interpretation: “leading a life of alleged moral ambiguity” (Anatole Broyard).
- Something of doubtful meaning: a poem full of ambiguities.
(countable and uncountable, plural ambiguities)
- (countable) Something, particulary words and sentences, that is open to more than one interpretation, explanation or meaning, if that meaning etc cannot be determined from its context.
- His speech was made with such great ambiguity that neither supporter nor opponent could be certain of his true position.
- (uncountable) The state of being ambiguous.
ambiguity - Legal Definition
A confusion or uncertainty about the intention or meaning, especially of a provision in a contract or statute.latent ambiguity
An ambiguity that is not obvious and is unlikely to be found while using reasonable care. For example, a third party contract that provides for a payment to be made to a charity, but two charities exist with the same name. Extrinsic evidence, if allowed, may be required to determine the correct interpretation of the ambiguity. However, if each party, in good faith interprets the ambiguity differently, the meeting of the minds necessary to create a valid contract is not present.patent ambiguity
An ambiguity that is obvious or apparent upon reasonable inspection.