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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
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283, 286-87 (2000)(discussing the ambiguousness of Title IX and its legislative history and the fact that courts have, therefore, deferred to the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights).
Ambiguousness in Five of Berceo's Mary Legends," Romanistisches Jahrbuch 37 (1986): 251-63.
The American Model owes its wide acceptance to its ambiguousness and multiple meanings.
Indeed, he goes so far as to say that the very usefulness of the term is 'intimately related' to its ambiguousness, rather than 'vitiating' it.
It is, needless to say, a zone of sexual ambiguousness, but more importantly, it is a term that gave Barthes room to figure forth his entropic desire that noisy meaningfulness cease its hectoring and diminuendo back into a whisper of the banal and the imprecise and the uninterpretable.
Intensity, irony, and ambiguousness constitute a clear threat to the impassivity of the State.