Ambiguity definition

ămbĭ-gyo͝oĭ-tē
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Something of doubtful meaning.

A poem full of ambiguities.

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The definition of ambiguity is a word or sentence that is not clear about the intention or meaning.

An example of ambiguity is when a person answers a question in a way that indicates he is not giving all of the details.

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Doubtfulness or uncertainty as regards interpretation.
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The quality or state of being ambiguous.
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An ambiguous word, statement, etc.
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An ambiguity that is obvious or apparent upon reasonable inspection.
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(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.

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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.
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A confusion or uncertainty about the intention or meaning, especially of a provision in a contract or statute.
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(uncountable) The state of being ambiguous.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ambiguity
Plural:
ambiguities

Origin of ambiguity

  • From Middle English ambiguite, from Old French ambiguite (French ambiguïté), from Latin ambiguitas.

    From Wiktionary