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ambiguous

adjective abstruse, ambiguus, confused, difficult to comprehend, doubtful, dubious, equivocal, having a double meaning, indefinite, indistinct, inexact, lacking clearness, not clear, not plain, obscure, open to various interpretations, uncertain, unintelligible, vague
Associated concepts: ambiguous language
Foreign phrases: Ambigua responsio contra proferentem est accipienda.An ambiguous answer is to be taken against him who of fers it. In ambigua voce legis ea potius accipienda est significatio quae vitio caret, praesertim cum etiam voluntas legis ex hoc colligi possit. In an ammiguous expression of law, that interpretation is to be preeerred which is consonant with equity, especially where it is in conformity with the purpose of the law. In ambiguis oraaionibus maxime sententia spectanda est ejus qui eas protulisset. In ambiguous expressions, the intent of the person using them is particularly to be regarded. In ammiguo sermone non utrumque dicimus sed id duntaxat quod volumus. In ambiguous discourse, language is not used in a double sense, but in the sense in which it is meant.
See also: aleatory, allusive, debatable, disputable, dubious, enigmatic, equivocal, inapprehensible, incomprehensible, indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct, inexact, inscrutable, nebulous, opaque, problematic, uncertain, unclear, undecided, vague
References in classic literature ?
Most had hedged a little with ambiguous conditions, and now offered resistance; one or two paid at once, and vehemently called attention to the fact; and Mr.
You are the master of my ceremonies," she said to des Lupeaulx,-- ambiguous words, by which she expressed the annoyance she felt with the secretary for presuming to interfere with her private parties, to which she admitted only a select few.
This is an ambiguous phrase, and may mean either a forest well
His face was not as square as his son's, and, indeed, the chin, though firm enough in outline, retreated a little, and the lips, ambiguous, were curtained by a moustache.
Called by Benjamin "furnished man" (der moblierte Mensch), the creature who demonstrates a primitive form of those new ways of taking in and seeing images is the hero of Max Ernst's art, the ambiguous figure of the "pipe man" (rohrender Mensch) named in the punning, self-referential caption of Ambiguous Figures--a creature who, outfitted with a laboratory safety mask, inked-on seaweed nose, bulbous Pyrex genitals, and a torso complete with handles to be grasped and cranked, supplants the image of the "touching man" (ruhrender Mensch) and his surefire effects of empathy.
The Tax Court first had to decide whether the code language was ambiguous: It found it sufficiently ambiguous to support the positions of both the taxpayers and the IRS.
In his mind, ideas and even the 's' word--style--are fully transmissible, and in conversation, his slow and deliberate speech reveals ambiguous voices; authority and humility merge to render statements as questions and a surprisingly playful attitude reveals liberal fusions that allow him to freely borrow from antiquity, Mies, Koolhaas, and the (as was) British car industry; as a British eccentric therefore, perhaps Fretton was an ideal choice to design one of the country's latest embassies.
Survey preparation need no longer be a frustrating search between the lines of ambiguous standards, hoping to divine what the Joint Commission really requires and what they will accept as compliance.
In clear contrast with Michel Foucault's theory of epistemic breaks, Cave identified a number of textual markings which revealed no single turning point but often ambiguous "traces" of change in historical consciousness.
The brain shows particular sensitivity to facial expressions that convey ambiguous threats rather than clear ones, according to a new brain-imaging investigation.
Compounds not fully identified by their chemical structure were removed from the collection, ambiguous representations were eliminated, and thousands of chemical names originating from the laboratory that provided the spectrum were replaced by clearer, more systematic names.
Daly, who has since moved on to a "post-Christian" position, argues that Christianity and Catholicism have contributed to misogyny and patriarchy by propagating an ambiguous idea of women and portraying them as a second and inferior sex.