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Definition having mixed feelings about something — such as when part of you wants to do something and part of you does not
  • Polling indicates the public is ambivalent on the subject. Their opinions change depending upon the latest headlines.
ambivalent = with mixed feelings
  • She is ambivalent about attending college.
  • ambivalent = with mixed feelings
  • Environmentalist accuse her of being ambivalent in her support of their movement.
  • This ambivalence reflects underlying American support for the concept of an international criminal court but deep reservations about the structure of the court as it was developed in Rome.
    David Davenport  --  The New Diplomacy  -- (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • Soraya was ambivalent at best.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • ambivalent = uncertain (having mixed feelings)
  • Although McCandless was enough of a realist to know that hunting game was an unavoidable component of living off the land, he had always been ambivalent about killing animals.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • ambivalent = with mixed feelings
  • One moment I would be laughing, and the next his jests turned sour in my throat. ... My ambivalence, of course, only encouraged him. Any challenge was a game, and any game a pleasure.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • ambivalence = mixed feelings
  • I wouldn't tell him. Because as mad as I was, I loved Aspen. And I couldn't bear him being hurt. Then should I leave? The ambivalence pulled at my heart. I could escape Aspen, get away from his face—a face that would torture me every day when I saw it and knew it was no longer mine. But if I left, I'd have to leave Maxon, too.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • ambivalence = mixed feelings
  • He spent the trip staring ambivalently at the water.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • ambivalently = with mixed feelings
  • 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
  • ambivalence = mixed feelings
  • 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
  • ambivalence = uncertainty, or mixed feelings
  • No ambivalence this time, no doubt about what he'd said.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • ambivalence = uncertainty
  • I was first hurled into an ambivalent presence many years ago, when a friend's mother died unexpectedly.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • ambivalent = uncertain (having mixed feelings)
  • 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
  • ambivalence = uncertainty
  • He studied my face, and perhaps he saw an ambivalence about my own choices.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • ambivalence = uncertainty
  • Nasuada regarded the marks with ambivalence.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • ambivalence = mixed feelings
  • Steve was in his mid-thirties and had a passion and certainty that seemed the direct opposite of my ambivalence.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • ambivalence = mixed feelings, or uncertainty
  • "I too have become acquainted with ambivalence," I said.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • ambivalence = mixed feelings
  • 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
  • ambivalence = uncertainty or indecision
  • Although she expressed some ambivalence about the invitation in a letter to Fischer in January, Hunt ultimately accepted the unpaid job and arrived in Nepal at the end of March, eager to contribute to the expedition's success.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
ambivalence = mixed feelings

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