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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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In order to eliminate the ambiguousness of this definition, the FDIC provides the following requirements for a depository institution to qualify as a minority depository institution.
Although Disgrace was not the most artistically finished of his novels, it had an air of finality to it, the sense of an author ready to abandon the struggle with the intractabilities of the novel form, of a man tormented by and disgusted with the moral ambiguousness of fiction.
743 (2000) (finding vagueness and purposeful ambiguousness in damage award instructions); Joel D.
However, his very ambiguousness prevents the reader from accepting the transparency of his tale.
"Reluctant Scholars," because of their ambiguousness about pursuing higher education, cited teacher support less often, seeing their parents as the primary supporters of their goals.
"Once they get past the 'wow' factor, the poetry and ambiguousness of the design challenge them," he adds with relish.
Susan Bordo finds such sexual ambiguousness more destabilizing to gender identities than imitative drag or butch-femme performances.
State B's lack of perfect information about the intentions of State A is not only the source of the ambiguousness of the alternatives but also compounds the effect of the alternative selected as a course of action.
This strange find makes him even more curious when Langlois is taken back by the ambiguousness that shrouds the author's name.
In Chapter 8, Jeff Hearn grounds on his own experience as a male manager in a university to explore the potentialities and the ambiguousness of equal opportunities in the current ideological climate of universities.
appears to approach things with a keen eye for ambiguousness, as he wants to investigate the possible connection between the spread of popular heresy and the growing academic interests of the age.
There is a great deal of ambiguousness in the use of "disinhibition," and it is sometimes hard to tell whether the descriptive or the explanatory meaning is intended.