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From Latin ambiguus (“moving from side to side, of doubtful nature”), from ambigere (“to go about, wander, doubt”), from ambi- (“around, about, on both sides”) + agere (“to drive, move”).
ambiguous (comparative more ambiguous, superlative most ambiguous)
- Open to multiple interpretations.
- Synonyms: equivocal, unclear
- Antonyms: unambiguous, clear
- The politician was criticized for his ambiguous statements and lack of precision.
- (obsolete, of a person) Hesitant; uncertain; not taking sides.
- 1662, Thomas Salusbury, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
- And forasmuch as in this same question I am ambiguous, and Simplicius is resolute....
open to multiple interpretations
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- “ambiguous”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “ambiguous”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- John A. Simpson and Edmund S. C. Weiner, editors (1989), “ambiguous”, in The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, →ISBN.
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