Meaning of AMBIGUITY in English


/am'bi gyooh"i tee/ , n. , pl. ambiguities .

1. doubtfulness or uncertainty of meaning or intention: to speak with ambiguity; an ambiguity of manner.

2. an unclear, indefinite, or equivocal word, expression, meaning, etc.: a contract free of ambiguities; the ambiguities of modern poetry.

[ 1375-1425; late ME ambiguite ambiguitas, equiv. to ambigu ( us ) AMBIGUOUS + -itas -ITY ]

Syn. 1. vagueness, deceptiveness. 2. equivocation.

Ant. 1. explicitness, clarity.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .