Ambiguous meaning

ăm-bĭgyo͝o-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.

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Vague and unclear.

He gave an ambiguous answer.

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Open to more than one interpretation.

An ambiguous reply.

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Having two or more possible meanings.
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Not clear; indefinite; vague.
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Doubtful or uncertain.
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Open to multiple interpretations.

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

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Origin of ambiguous

  • 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

  • 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