ambivalent

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from ambivalence, from German Ambivalenz, from Latin ambi- (in two ways) + valeō (be strong); equivalent to ambi- +‎ -valent.

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ambivalent (comparative more ambivalent, superlative most ambivalent)

  1. Simultaneously experiencing or expressing opposing or contradictory feelings, beliefs, or motivations.
  2. Alternately having one opinion or feeling, and then the opposite.
    He has an ambivalent relationship towards his parents.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from German ambivalent.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌɑm.bi.vaːˈlɛnt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: am‧bi‧va‧lent
  • Rhymes: -ɛnt

Adjective[edit]

ambivalent (comparative ambivalenter, superlative ambivalentst)

  1. ambivalent (simultaneously experiencing conflicting drives) [from early 20th c.]

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of ambivalent
uninflected ambivalent
inflected ambivalente
comparative ambivalenter
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial ambivalent ambivalenter het ambivalentst
het ambivalentste
indefinite m./f. sing. ambivalente ambivalentere ambivalentste
n. sing. ambivalent ambivalenter ambivalentste
plural ambivalente ambivalentere ambivalentste
definite ambivalente ambivalentere ambivalentste
partitive ambivalents ambivalenters

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German ambivalent, from Latin ambi- + Latin valēns, the latter from the verb valeō

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ambivalent (feminine singular ambivalente, masculine plural ambivalents, feminine plural ambivalentes)

  1. ambivalent
  2. ambiguous, equivocal

German[edit]

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ambivalent (comparative ambivalenter, superlative am ambivalentesten)

  1. ambivalent
    Seine Gefühle ihr gegenüber sind ambivalent, sowohl positiv als auch negativ.
    His feelings to her are ambivalent, positive as well as negative.

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