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ambiguities, plural;
  1. Uncertainty or inexactness of meaning in language
    • - we can detect no ambiguity in this section of the Act
    • - ambiguities in such questions are potentially very dangerous
  2. A lack of decisiveness or commitment resulting from a failure to make a choice between alternatives
    • - the film is fraught with moral ambiguity

  1. an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context
  2. unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning
  3. (ambiguous) equivocal: open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead; "an equivocal statement"; "the polling had a complex and equivocal (or ambiguous) message for potential female candidates"; "the officer's equivocal behavior ...
  4. (ambiguous) having more than one possible meaning; "ambiguous words"; "frustrated by ambiguous instructions, the parents were unable to assemble the toy"
  5. (ambiguous) having no intrinsic or objective meaning; not organized in conventional patterns; "an ambiguous situation with no frame of reference"; "ambiguous inkblots"
  6. Ambiguity is a condition where information can be understood or interpreted in more than one way and is distinct from vagueness, which is a statement about the lack of precision contained or available in the information. Context may play a role in resolving ambiguity. ...
  7. Ambiguity is the third album by German metal band Brainstorm; released in 2000 this was the first with Andy B. Franck on vocals.
  8. Ambiguity, in law, is of two kinds, patent and latent.
  9. (ambiguous) Open to multiple interpretations; Vague and unclear; Of persons: hesitant; uncertain; not taking sides
  10. (AMBIGUITIES) Any rule of construction to the effect that ambiguities are to be resolved against the drafting party shall not apply in interpreting any sales contract of which these General Terms are made a part.
  11. (Ambiguities) Used interchangeably with “gray area.” These are parts or words of the policy that mean more than one thing or may be unclear.
  12. (ambiguities) Statements or arguments used in a work that may have more than one meaning or interpretation.
  13. ("Ambiguous") Has one or more meanings as typically discussed in a related essay.
  14. (Ambiguous) an insurance term is ambiguous is a reasonably layperson would infer two different meanings to a word or term from the context and the language used. Pacific Indem. Co. v. Interstate Fire & Cas. Co., 302 Md. 383, 389 (1985).
  15. (Ambiguous) word that stands for more than one object or idea; its meaning depends on the context.
  16. (ambiguous) A pattern is ambiguous when a fragment of an instance document can be valid against using several alternatives in its choice patterns. RELAX NG allows ambiguous patterns, but they can be a problem for annotation and datatype assignment.
  17. (ambiguous) adj. of unclear meaning, something that can be understood in more than one way
  18. A standard policy provision that proves to be ambiguous may be interpreted in the light most favorable to the insured.
  19. A word or phrase that can have more than one meaning. For example, the word war may mean "fighting by large groups of armed men" to some, but it may be interpreted to mean a "fight between two or more sovereign powers" to others. ...
  20. A lack of clarity or an apparent contradiction in a story-line. This is done intentionally in some films or unintentionally due to poor writing. Character development is occasionally but purposefully hindered by the use of ambiguity. ...
  21. A statement which can contain two or more meanings. For example, when the oracle at Delphi told Croesus that if he waged war on Cyrus he would destroy a great empire, Croesus thought the oracle meant his enemy's empire. In fact, the empire Croesus destroyed by going to war was his own. ...
  22. An ambiguous grammar is one with more than one rule or set of rules that match the same input. In a bison grammar, ambiguous rules cause shift/reduce or reduce/reduce conflicts. The parsing mechanism that bison normally uses cannot handle ambiguous grammars. ...
  23. The presence of two or more distinct meanings for a single word or expression. In itself, ambiguity is a common, harmless, and often amusing feature of ordinary language. When unnoticed in the context of otherwise careful reasoning, however, it can lead to one of several informal fallacies. ...
  24. a statement with two or more meanings that may seem to exclude one another in the context. Grammatical ambiguity (amphibologia) occurs where a word has two or more possible word classes. ...
  25. (1) a statement which has two or more possible meanings; (2) a statement whose meaning is unclear. Depending on the circumstances, ambiguity can be negative, leading to confusion or even disaster (the ambiguous wording of a general's note led to the deadly charge of the Light Brigade in the ...