ambiguous[am big′yo̵̅o̅ əs]
- The definition of ambiguous is something that is unclear or not easily describable.
An example of someone who might give an ambiguous answer to a question is a politician who is talking to his constituents.
Politicians are masters of ambiguous answers.
- having two or more possible meanings
- not clear; indefinite; vague
Origin of ambiguousClassical Latin ambiguus ; from ambigere, to wander ; from ambi-, about, around + agere, to do, act
- 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 of ambiguousFrom Latin ambiguus, uncertain, from ambigere, to go about : amb-, ambi-, around; see ambi– + agere, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more ambiguous, superlative most ambiguous)
- Open to multiple interpretations.
- The politician was criticized for his ambiguous statements and lack of precision.
- Vague and unclear.
- He gave an ambiguous answer.