ambiguous /amˈbɪɡjʊəs/


I. adjective

1. open to more than one interpretation; not having one obvious meaning

ambiguous phrases.
2. not clear or decided

the election result was ambiguous.
II. derivatives

ambiguousness /amˈbɪɡjʊəsnəs /

– origin early 16th cent. (in the sense ‘indistinct, obscure’): from Latin ambiguus ‘doubtful’ (from ambigere ‘waver, go around’, from ambi- ‘both ways’ + agere ‘to drive’) + -ous.

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