UK Accounting Glossary
Unclear or uncertain.
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.
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.
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This glossary post was last updated: 30th December 2019.