The definition of ambiguous is something that is unclear or not easily describable.adjective
An example of someone who might give an ambiguous answer to a question is a politician who is talking to his constituents.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- having two or more possible meanings
- not clear; indefinite; vague
Origin: L ambiguus < ambigere, to wander < ambi-, about, around + agere, to do, act
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- Open to more than one interpretation: an ambiguous reply.
- Doubtful or uncertain: “The theatrical status of her frequently derided but constantly revived plays remained ambiguous” (Frank Rich).
Origin: From Latin ambiguus, uncertain, from ambigere, to go about : amb-, ambi-, around; see ambi- + agere, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
- am·bigˈu·ous·ly adverb
- am·bigˈu·ous·ness noun