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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ambiguous  \Am*big"u*ous\,  a.  [L.  ambiguus  fr  ambigere  to 
  wander  about  waver;  amb-  +  agere  to  drive.] 
  Doubtful  or  uncertain,  particularly  in  respect  to 
  signification;  capable  of  being  understood  in  either  of  two 
  or  more  possible  senses  equivocal;  as  an  ambiguous  course; 
  an  ambiguous  expression. 
 
  What  have  been  thy  answers?  What  but  dark,  Ambiguous, 
  and  with  double  sense  deluding?  --Milton. 
 
  Syn:  Doubtful;  dubious;  uncertain;  unsettled;  indistinct; 
  indeterminate;  indefinite.  See  {Equivocal}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ambiguous 
  adj  1:  open  to  two  or  more  interpretations;  or  of  uncertain  nature 
  or  significance;  or  often  intended  to  mislead;  "an 
  equivocal  statement";  "the  polling  had  a  complex  and 
  equivocal  (or  ambiguous)  message  for  potential  female 
  candidates";  "the  officer's  equivocal  behavior 
  increased  the  victim's  uneasiness";  "popularity  is  an 
  equivocal  crown";  "an  equivocal  response  to  an 
  embarrassing  question"  [syn:  {equivocal}]  [ant:  {unequivocal}] 
  2:  having  more  than  one  possible  meaning;  "ambiguous  words"; 
  "frustrated  by  ambiguous  instructions,  the  parents  were 
  unable  to  assemble  the  toy"  [ant:  {unambiguous}] 
  3:  (psychology)  having  no  intrinsic  or  objective  meaning;  not 
  organized  in  conventional  patterns;  "an  ambiguous 
  situation  with  no  frame  of  reference";  "ambiguous 
  inkblots" 




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