[ˌambɪɡjˈuːɪtɪ], [ˌambɪɡjˈuːɪtɪ], [ˌa_m_b_ɪ_ɡ_j_ˈuː_ɪ_t_ɪ]

Definitions of ambiguity:

  1.   unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning
  2.   The quality or state of being ambiguous; doubtfulness or uncertainty, particularly as to the signification of language, arising from its admitting of more than one meaning; an equivocal word or expression.
  3.   an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context
  4.   Doubtfulness of meaning.
  5.   The quality of being ambiguous; an ambiguous expression.
  6.   Uncertainty of signification.
  7.   Doubtfulness or uncertainty, especially of language.
  8.   Uncertainty as to meaning; doubtfulness; state of doubt.

Antonyms for ambiguity:

lucidity, explicitness, Lucidness, legibility, readability, emphasis, surety, exactness, clarity, certainty, forthrightness, palpability, vehemence, simplicity, directness, Self-evidence, clearness, straightforwardness, violence, unequivocalness, assertiveness, comprehensibility, Intenseness, plainness, obviousness, brightness, perspicuousness, incision, fierceness, unambiguity, forcefulness, distinctness, readableness, intensity, perspicuity, definiteness, tangibleness, visibility, intelligibility, incisiveness, openness, aggressiveness, tangibility, vigorousness.

Quotes for ambiguity:

  1. The use of the polygraph has done little more than create confusion, ambiguity and mistakes. – Aldrich Ames
  2. If I take refuge in ambiguity I assure you that it's quite conscious. – Kingman Brewster, Jr.
  3. The warning message we sent the Russians was a calculated ambiguity that would be clearly understood. – Alexander Haig
  4. People ask me if I left the lyrics open to ambiguity Of course I did. I wanted to make a whole series of complex statements. The lyrics had to do with the state of society at the time. – Don McLean
  5. Writing a really general parser is a major but different undertaking, by far the hardest points being sensitivity to context and resolution of ambiguity – Graham Nelson
  6. Take advantage of the ambiguity in the world. Look at something and think what else it might be. – Roger von Oech
  7. The Butcher Boy is a very great novel indeed and a very important Irish novel. The ambiguity of that is, he's writing a book about an appalling situation and he does it in a hilarious way. – Stephen Rea
  8. These films however, have ambiguity built into them, because it's too easy in film to make a strident work of propaganda or advertising, which are really the same thing anyway, meaning the message is unmistakable. – Godfrey Reggio
  9. There is no greater impediment to the advancement of knowledge than the ambiguity of words. – Thomas Reid
  10. I look for ambiguity when I'm writing because life is ambiguous. – Keith Richards
  11. I have always felt that a woman has the right to treat the subject of her age with ambiguity until, perhaps, she passes into the realm of over ninety. Then it is better she be candid with herself and with the world. – Carl Sandburg
  12. On the road from the City of Skepticism, I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity – Adam Smith

Usage examples for ambiguity:

  1. And thus, partly by an ambiguity of language, partly by an arbitrary and gratuitous assumption, he excludes the possibility of Creation altogether. ” – Modern Atheism under its forms of Pantheism, Materialism, Secularism, Development, and Natural Laws by James Buchanan
  2. They would commonly produce a troublesome ambiguity as the Lord's house may be the house of Lords, or the house of a Lord. ” – A Grammar of the English Tongue by Samuel Johnson
  3. We are thus left in the ridiculous situation of providing that nobody may be a citizen of our great Republic except a white Caucasian and a black African, with considerable ambiguity still as to what the word " white" means. ” – Popular Law-making by Frederic Jesup Stimson
  4. “ " We are most of us short- sighted where the needs of other people are concerned," she returned with an ambiguity which he did not suspect. ” – The Stronger Influence by F.E. Mills Young
  5. This is all clear enough, but it is simply giving to the word socialism another new meaning, and creating a fresh source of ambiguity – Contemporary Socialism by John Rae
  6. There is a distressing ambiguity about the troubadour's last words. ” – The Love Affairs of Great Musicians, Volume 2 by Rupert Hughes
  7. The patient, however, could not resign himself without a struggle to this state of anonymous ambiguity – Somehow Good by William de Morgan
  8. Philosophical language will for a long time, and popular language still longer, retain so much of vagueness and ambiguity that logic would be of little value if it did not, among its other advantages, exercise the understanding in doing its work neatly and correctly with these imperfect tools. ” – A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive (Vol. 1 of 2) by John Stuart Mill
  9. Time is now stripped to its rightful nature- a simple essence of ambiguity – Autobiography of a YOGI by Paramhansa Yogananda
  10. Charging Strigel with ambiguity Flacius replied: " You speak of one kind of synergism and we of another. ” – Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church by Friedrich Bente
  11. Wherever possible, that is to say, when I could do it without ambiguity I have also out of courtesy used the term Catholic instead of Roman Catholic; and in order to meet what I believe to be the wishes of Lady Burton's executors, I have omitted all mention of certain events that occurred after Sir Richard's death. ” – The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wright
  12. This ambiguity of the words 'beauty' and 'beautiful' is a great inconvenience, and especially so in a lecture, where it forces us to add some qualification to the words whenever they occur: but it cannot be helped. ” – Oxford Lectures on Poetry by Andrew Cecil Bradley
  13. It literally seems to me, besides, that there was more history and thereby more interest recoverable as the matter stood than if every answer to every question about it hadn't had a fine ambiguity – Notes of a Son and Brother by Henry James
  14. But here, too, is some ambiguity because only may relate either to one, or to the preceding verb. ” – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  15. The light of which possibility is, however, too fierce; I turn it off, I tear myself from the view- noting further but the one fact in his history that, by my glimpse of it, quite escapes ambiguity – A Small Boy and Others by Henry James
  16. Not to add to her embarrassment, but to clear up the ambiguity which he perceived the next moment he had better have left alone, he went on: 'He tells me it's now in his collection. ” – A London Life; The Patagonia; The Liar; Mrs. Temperly by Henry James
  17. “ Is not this very distinction of outside and inside in the matter of perceptions open to no slight ambiguity – The Faith of the Millions (2nd series) by George Tyrrell
  18. From the very first this ambiguity had existed. ” – The English Church in the Eighteenth Century by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
  19. James never noticed anything- or if he did, his ambiguity was two- edged. ” – Love and Lucy by Maurice Henry Hewlett

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