ambivalence[am biv′ə ləns]
- The definition of ambivalence is a state in which you lack certainty or the ability to make decisions.
An example of when someone may be in a state of ambivalence is when someone is sick.
- In psychology, ambivalence is defined as the mental disharmony or disconnect a person may feel when having both positive and negative feelings regarding the same individual.
An example of ambivalence is struggling with whether to invite someone to an event because she has a positive relationship with you but not with the other attendees.
Origin of ambivalenceambi- + valence
- The coexistence of opposing attitudes or feelings, such as love and hate, toward a person, object, or idea.
- Uncertainty or indecisiveness as to which course to follow.
Origin of ambivalenceGerman Ambivalenz : Latin ambi-, ambi- + Latin valentia, vigor (from valēns, valent-, present participle of valēre, to be strong; see wal- in Indo-European roots).
(countable and uncountable, plural ambivalences)
This word is often used as to express a lack of concern about the outcome of a choice to be made . In this case, a more appropriate word to use is indifference. The confusion is probably caused by the similarity of sounds between the two words and the passive sound of the word.