Ambiguous Definition

Open to more than one interpretation.
An ambiguous reply.
American Heritage
Having two or more possible meanings.
Webster's New World
Doubtful or uncertain.
American Heritage
Not clear; indefinite; vague.
Webster's New World

Open to multiple interpretations.

The politician was criticized for his ambiguous statements and lack of precision.

Origin of Ambiguous

  • From Latin ambiguus (“moving from side to side, of doubtful nature”), from ambigere (“to go about, wander, doubt”), from ambi- (“around, about, on both sides”) + agere (“to drive, move”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin ambiguus uncertain from ambigere to go about amb-, ambi- around ambi– agere to drive ag- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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