An example of ambiguity is when a person answers a question in a way that indicates he is not giving all of the details.
- the quality or state of being ambiguous
- pl. -·ties an ambiguous word, statement, etc.
Origin of ambiguityMiddle English ambiguite from Classical Latin ambiguitas
- Doubtfulness or uncertainty as regards interpretation: “leading a life of alleged moral ambiguity” ( Anatole Broyard )
- Something of doubtful meaning: a poem full of ambiguities.
(countable and uncountable, plural ambiguities)
- (countable) Something, particulary words and sentences, that is open to more than one interpretation, explanation or meaning, if that meaning etc cannot be determined from its context.
- His speech was made with such great ambiguity that neither supporter nor opponent could be certain of his true position.
- (uncountable) The state of being ambiguous.
From Middle English ambiguite, from Old French ambiguite (French ambiguïté), from Latin ambiguitas.
ambiguity - Legal Definition