Ambiguous and Ambivalent

Ambiguous

Ambiguity of information, in words, pictures, or other media, is the ability to express more than one interpretation.

ambiguous adj 1: open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead; "an equivocal statement"; "the polling had a complex and equivocal (or ambiguous) message for potential female candidates"; "the officer's equivocal behavior increased the victim's uneasiness"; "popularity is an equivocal crown"; "an equivocal response to an embarrassing question" [syn: {equivocal}] [ant: {unequivocal}] 2: having more than one possible meaning; "ambiguous words"; "frustrated by ambiguous instructions, the parents were unable to assemble the toy" [ant: {unambiguous}] 3: having no intrinsic or objective meaning; not organized in conventional patterns; "an ambiguous situation with no frame of reference"; "ambiguous inkblots"

123 Moby Thesaurus words for "ambiguous": Greek to one, agnostic, amalgamated, ambivalent, amphibious, amphibolic, amphibological, amphibolous, antinomic, beyond understanding, blended, capricious, chancy, changeable, combined, complex, composite, compound, compounded, confusable, conglomerate, cryptic, dappled, dicey, double-faced, doubtful, doubting, dubious, eclectic, enigmatic, enigmatical, equivocal, equivocatory, erratic, fickle, fifty-fifty, fishy, foggy, half-and-half, hesitant, hesitating, heterogeneous, impenetrable, inarticulate, incalculable, incognizable, incoherent, incomprehensible, inconclusive, indecisive, indefinite, indemonstrable, indeterminate, indiscriminate, indistinct, inscrutable, intricate, ironic, irresolute, jumbled, many-sided, medley, mingled, miscellaneous, misleading, misty, mixed, motley, multifaceted, multinational, multiracial, multivocal, mysterious, numinous, obscure, opaque, oracular, oxymoronic, paradoxical, past comprehension, patchy, pluralistic, polysemantic, polysemous, problematic, promiscuous, puzzling, questionable, rambling, scrambled, self-contradictory, skeptical, suspect, syncretic, tenebrous, thrown together, touch-and-go, unaccountable, uncertain, unclear, unconfirmable, unconnected, unconvinced, undefined, undependable, undivinable, unfathomable, unforeseeable, unintelligible, unknowable, unpersuaded, unpredictable, unprovable, unreliable, unsearchable, unsettled, unsure, unverifiable, vague, variable, varied, wavering, whimsical

Ambiguous \Am*big"u*ous\, a. [L. ambiguus, fr. ambigere to wander about, waver; amb- + agere to drive.] Doubtful or uncertain, particularly in respect to signification; capable of being understood in either of two or more possible senses; equivocal; as, an ambiguous course; an ambiguous expression. [1913 Webster] What have been thy answers? What but dark, Ambiguous, and with double sense deluding? --Milton. [1913 Webster] Syn: Doubtful; dubious; uncertain; unsettled; indistinct; indeterminate; indefinite. See {Equivocal}. [1913 Webster]

Ambivalent

Ambivalence is a state of having simultaneous, conflicting feelings toward a person or thing. Stated another way, ambivalence is the experience of having thoughts and/or emotions of both positive and negative valence toward someone or something.

ambivalent adj 1: characterized by a mixture of opposite feelings or attitudes; "she felt ambivalent about his proposal"; "an ambivalent position on rent control" 2: uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow; "was ambivalent about having children"

66 Moby Thesaurus words for "ambivalent": amalgamated, ambiguous, ambitendent, amphibious, antinomic, at loose ends, blended, capricious, changeable, combined, complex, composite, compound, compounded, conflict, conglomerate, contrasting, dappled, double-minded, dubious, eclectic, equivocal, fence-sitting, fence-straddling, fickle, fifty-fifty, fluctuate, half-and-half, heterogeneous, indecisive, indiscriminate, infirm of purpose, intricate, ironic, irresolute, irresolved, jumbled, many-sided, medley, mercurial, mingled, miscellaneous, mixed, motley, mugwumpian, mugwumpish, multifaceted, multinational, multiracial, mutable, of two minds, oxymoronic, paradoxical, patchy, pluralistic, promiscuous, scrambled, self-contradictory, syncretic, thrown together, uncertain, undecided, undetermined, unresolved, unsettled, varied

ambivalent \ambivalent\ adj. 1. 1 undecided as to whether or not to take a proposed course of action; having feelings both for and against the proposed action. Syn: on the fence(predicate), suspensive, uncertain [WordNet 1.5]

Data Sources:

  • ambiguous: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • ambiguous: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • ambiguous: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • ambivalent: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • ambivalent: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • ambivalent: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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