of doubtful meaning

See: equivocal
References in classic literature ?
Here again Homer had fairly met Hesiod, and so the latter turned to sentences of doubtful meaning (2): he recited many lines and required Homer to complete the sense of each appropriately.
She could think only of the invitation she had with such astonishment witnessed, and of the manner in which it had been received; a manner of doubtful meaning, of surprise rather than gratification, of polite acknowledgement rather than acceptance.
The court did not refute the logic of this argument; it noted , however, that this canon of construction is limited to Situations where there is an expression of doubtful meaning, and it has no application where the legislative design is expressed unambiguously.