ambiguus

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

PIE root
*h₂eǵ-

From ambig(ō) ‎(wander; waver, hesitate) +‎ -uus.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

ambiguus m ‎(feminine ambigua, neuter ambiguum); first/second declension

  1. going two ways, hither and thither, moving from side-to-side
  2. hybrid
  3. changing, fluctuating, wavering
  4. uncertain, doubtful, undecided, indecisive
  5. (of discourse) obscure, ambiguous
  6. (figuratively) wavering, not to be relied on, untrustworthy, unreliable, treacherous

Declension[edit]

First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative ambiguus ambigua ambiguum ambiguī ambiguae ambigua
genitive ambiguī ambiguae ambiguī ambiguōrum ambiguārum ambiguōrum
dative ambiguō ambiguō ambiguīs
accusative ambiguum ambiguam ambiguum ambiguōs ambiguās ambigua
ablative ambiguō ambiguā ambiguō ambiguīs
vocative ambigue ambigua ambiguum ambiguī ambiguae ambigua

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References[edit]

  • ambĭgŭus” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
  • ambiguus” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • obsolete, ambiguous expressions: prisca, obsoleta (opp. usitata), ambigua verba