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Polling indicates the public is ambivalent on the subject. Their opinions change depending upon the latest headlines.
  uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow
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ambivalent ambivalence ambivalently
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  • Polling indicates the public is ambivalent on the subject. Their opinions change depending upon the latest headlines.
  • Environmentalist accuse her of being ambivalent in her support of their movement.
  • The man’s tendency towards ambivalence made it hard for him to make decisions and be a leader.
  • He was ambivalent about attending college.

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  • He studied my face, and perhaps he saw an ambivalence about my own choices.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • Soraya was ambivalent at best.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • No ambivalence this time, no doubt about what he’d said.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • I surrender to ambivalence, to happy contradictions and seeming inconsistencies in myself and almost everything else, including God.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • he had always been ambivalent about killing animals.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Back and forth my mind went, weaving a yes by night and unraveling it by day to a no.
    I forgot my earlier ambivalence, and I blamed Papa for everything...
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies

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  • At the time, I felt ambivalent about this.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Ambivalent: could be no, could be your guess is as good as mine.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Steve was in his mid-thirties and had a passion and certainty that seemed the direct opposite of my ambivalence.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • He spent the trip staring ambivalently at the water.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Other words, again, were ambivalent, having the connotation ’good’ when applied to the Party and ’bad’ when applied to its enemies.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • I suppose I have an ambivalent attitude toward it.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • She felt strangely ambivalent towards him.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • On the whole, Mrs. Johnson’s attitude toward her father was ambivalent, but one aspect of him she had always respected-his fortitude.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • "I too have become acquainted with ambivalence," I said.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • He was vague and ambivalent on matters of policy.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • He had not always been so ambivalent about his home.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • He stared out into the foggy morning with a pained and ambivalent expression.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Jessica nodded to herself, remembering her son’s ambivalent feelings toward the spice drug and the prescient awareness it precipitated.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Mr. Madison handed it to me without a word and shook my hand, looking ambivalent.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • He let the statement stand for a while, a verbal monolith of ambivalence.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • I found myself crying, laugh-ing, numb with depression, nervous and pacing, ambivalent, angry, and filled with self-loathing.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • Niels Bohr, who, like our own Norwegian poet Vinje, was known for his ambivalence, once said: There are two kinds of truths.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • You can feel ambivalent about that, because you should feel ambivalent.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • The revolt against the village (about which Anderson was always ambivalent) has faded into history.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • My heart filled with ambivalence with each good-bye.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • I sighed in relief again when Mr. Banner turned the lights on, finally glancing at Edward; he was looking at me, his eyes ambivalent.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • The ban on phone calls was, then, purely punitive, just as the pepper-spraying of the child-man had been born of a combination of opportunity, cruelty, ambivalence, and sport.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • ’Well, sir, I overheard…’ With cautious, ambivalent words the 1st assistant clerk did his best for himself and consequently the worst for his superior, Lee Teng.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • It was but one of the reasons for my loneliness at the Institute; it was but one of the things that made friendship with me an ambivalent enterprise.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Psychoanalysis is a technique to cure excessively suffering individuals of the unconsciously misdirected desires and hostilities thatweave around them their private webs of unreal terrors and ambivalent attractions; the patient released from these finds himself able to participate with comparative satisfaction in the more realistic fears, hostilities, erotic and religious practices, business enterprises, wars, pastimes, and household tasks offered to him by his particular culture.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • There was ambivalence in my heart.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • Some had no ambivalence whatsoever.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Nasuada regarded the marks with ambivalence.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • The ambivalence pulled at my heart.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • SUNLIGHT (after a long pause, in control again): My feelings about murder are ambivalent.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • He had never told anyone about his coming of age before, because he felt ambivalent about it.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • Was it not the origin of the love half of my ambivalent feeling? I too felt his attractiveness.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • But as Preston also found among these train passengers, Americans are ambivalent about all of this.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Initially he had been ambivalent about whether Chicago should even seek the world’s fair.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • At the same time Edgar force-fitted the gloves onto her hands and felt the ambivalence, the conflict.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Jefferson had been slower, more cautious and ambivalent than Adams about resolving his views on independence.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • He seemed ambivalent.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • But Howard Mudd, who coached the Chargers’ offensive line at the time, and watched Fouts’s transformation, has no such ambivalence.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • These days she is ambivalent about the law: While passage did create a backlash, it also signaled to villagers the severity of the health concerns about cutting.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • In fact, it seems to always fail me when I need it most—if a guy is ambivalent about his sexual orientation, I totally can’t tell by what he’s wearing.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
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