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amphibology


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Amphibology  \Am`phi*bol"o*gy\  ([a^]m`f[i^]*b[-o]l"[-o]*j[y^]), 
  n.;  pl  {Amphibologies}  (-j[i^]z).  [L.  amphibologia  for 
  amphibolia  fr  Gr  'amfiboli`a,  with  the  ending  -logia  as  if 
  fr  Gr  'amfi`bolos  ambiguous  +  lo`gos  speech:  cf  F. 
  amphibologie  See  {Amphiboly}.] 
  A  phrase,  discourse,  or  proposition,  susceptible  of  two 
  interpretations;  and  hence  of  uncertain  meaning.  It  differs 
  from  equivocation,  which  arises  from  the  twofold  sense  of  a 
  single  term. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  amphibology 
  n  :  an  ambiguous  grammatical  construction;  "they  are  flying 
  planes" 




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