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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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Many of Raymond's stories end ambiguously, or at least cover only brief swaths of complex lives.
In performance, an unholstered metal-detector wand is waved into the crowd, summoning us to enter the artist's mini-circus of ambiguously earnest dissent.
This paper argues (a) that the predicate "true" is ambiguously used to express a deflationary and a substantial concept of truth and (b) that the two concepts are systematically related in that substantial truths are deflationary truths of a certain kind.
Researchers from the University of Toronto identified and analysed 153 videos about vaccination and immunisation They found more than half of the videos portrayed childhood, HPV, flu and other vaccinations negatively or ambiguously.
Alicia Keys, discussing her ambiguously gay Smokin' Aces role, in Complex magazine's October issue
Atypical antipsychotics can cause adrenal insufficiency, which presents ambiguously, and awareness of this problem can be key in preventing false diagnoses, the investigators concluded.
Asked if he would accept local demands to negotiate revising the agreed plan, Abe responded ambiguously, ''I will make the decision comprehensively while listening to local opinions.
In The Birth one eyes a female ambiguously positioned to the left of the canvas surface.
As grimly as these books portray humanity and its future, each ends ambiguously enough to preclude certainty of devastation.
From the novel's opening, when the police request that Josie identify her lover's body, to its ambiguously uplifting end, Josie attempts to cope with her confusion, guilt, pain, and loss while struggling to remain true to whatever Michael most loved about her, which she has also come to love herself.
The movement, it is argued, was neither Liberal nor proto-Socialist but ambiguously occupied an independent ground in posing a radical challenge to the economic power of the landed classes.
Good girls gone bad, campy musical theater, an ambiguously queer boyfriend and a real-life easy-on-the-eyes lesbian couple are just a few draws of One Way Ticket to Hell, writer Drew Taylor's pulpy cautionary tale (in the vein of Reefer Madness) now making a West Coast debut at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre in West Hollywood.