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Definition: Ambiguous


Quick Summary of Ambiguous

Unclear or uncertain.

What is the dictionary definition of Ambiguous?

Dictionary Definition

  • Open to multiple interpretations.
  • Vague and unclear.
  • obsolete, of persons Hesitant; uncertain; not taking sides.

Full Definition of Ambiguous

An ambiguous phrase is one that is not clear, as in not easy to understand, and often could be interpreted in different ways.

Something ambiguous can occasionally be deceptive, either intentionally or unintentionally, because the interpreter isn’t able to figure out the actual meaning.

A website’s terms and conditions, or a product’s warranty, if written with ambiguity, may lead to a consumer not fully understanding the consequences of certain behaviours.

Examples of Ambiguous in a sentence

The term “bimonthly” is ambiguous because it may mean something is either happening every two months or is happening twice a month.
As the lecturer’s notes were ambiguous, the pupils could not tell if the first draft was due in on Friday or not.

Synonyms For Ambiguous

vague, uncertain, unclear, equivocal, indefinite

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Ambiguous are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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