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Definition unclear — because there could be two or more interpretations

More rarely, ambiguous can mean uncertain or doubtful — as in the expression "an ambiguous smile".
  • The Constitution of the United States is intentionally ambiguous — requiring human judgment to interpret difficult questions.
  • Her answer was ambiguous.
  • ambiguous = unclear — because there could be two or more interpretations
  • Inkblots are intentionally ambiguous.
  • Till we can clear these ambiguities
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • ambiguities = things that are unclear — because open to two or more interpretations
  • They had the kind of back-and-forth that left no ambiguity or question, saying exactly what they meant, when they meant it.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • ambiguity = lack of clarity
  • "I always feel lousy without shoes," I said with an ambiguous smile.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • ambiguous = uncertain
  • When I was young, I couldn't tolerate such ambiguity.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • ambiguity = lack of clarity (where something is unclear because there could be two or more interpretations)
  • He shouted, "You will not kill my girlfriend today, International Terrorist of Ambiguous Nationality!"
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • ambiguous = unclear (not known)
  • her role seemed to be ambiguous
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • ambiguous = unclear
  • The comment was ambiguous, and intended so,
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • ambiguous = unclear — because there could be two or more interpretations
  • It was a very ambiguous contract.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • ambiguous = unclear — because there could be two or more interpretations
  • There was no ambiguity in anything;
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • ambiguity = uncertainty — because there could be two or more interpretations
  • "Well, I married him," said Myrtle, ambiguously.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • The sums are the scoundrel's share, and where he feared an ambiguity, you see he added something clearer.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • ambiguity = unclear — because open to two or more interpretations
  • ...their feelings are still ambiguous.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • ambiguous = unclear
  • I don't do well with ambiguous threats.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • ambiguous = uncertain or unclear — because there could be two or more interpretations
  • Thus, from beneath the black veil, there rolled a cloud into the sunshine, an ambiguity of sin or sorrow, which enveloped the poor minister, so that love or sympathy could never reach him.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister's Black Veil
  • ambiguity = something that is unclear
  • they carried it on their backs and shoulders-and for all the ambiguities of Vietnam, all the mysteries and unknowns, there was at least the single abiding certainty that they would never be at a loss for things to carry.
    Tim O'Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • ambiguities = things that are unclear
  • That you, at such times seeing me, never shall—
    With arms encumber'd thus, or this head-shake,
    Or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase,
    As 'Well, well, we know'; or 'We could, an if we would';
    Or 'If we list to speak'; or 'There be, an if they might';
    Or such ambiguous giving out—to note
    That you know aught of me.  This not to do,
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • ambiguous = unclear
  • he at last confronts his mother and in a scene of provocative ambiguity-(a somewhat oedipal embrace)
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
ambiguity = lacking clarity — because there could be two or more interpretations

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