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ambiguity

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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1400, "uncertainty, doubt, indecision, hesitation," also from Medieval Latin ambiguitatem (nominative ambiguitas ) "double meaning, equivocalness, double sense," noun of state from ambiguus (see ambiguous ).

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Ambiguity \Am`bi*gu"i*ty\, n.; pl. Ambiguities . [L. ambiguitas, fr. ambiguus: cf. F. ambiguit['e].] The quality or state of being ambiguous; doubtfulness or uncertainty, particularly as to the signification of language, arising from its admitting ...

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. 1 (context countable English) 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. 2 (context uncountable English) The state of being ...

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
In contract law , ambiguity is a term used to describe situations in which the terms of a contract have multiple definitions or refer to multiple subjects.

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning [syn: equivocalness ] [ant: unambiguity , unambiguity ]

Usage examples of ambiguity.

It had been simple enough to see that the Alvarado who had greeted him in the Ministry of Scientific Development was a replica, but here, at this distance, in this room that resonated with the presence of the Maximum Leader, there were too many ambiguities and uncertainties.

The difficulties of focusing and combining in one vehement thrust all the efforts of two mighty countries were such that no ambiguity could be allowed to darken counsel.

Don Juan, as a denier of all univocality, tries desperately to remain on the border of sexual ambiguity without which eroticism can barely survive.

The excerpt also illustrates how people play with the ambiguity of identity in chat environments.

This is the heart of the new Bible as an irenicon, an organism that absorbed and integrated difference, that included ambiguity and by doing so established peace.

His idea is simplicity itself: they must feed the in vitro decoder a stripped-down signal of their own devising that will yield a message beyond ambiguity.

Weformulated the Zeroth Law to avoid ambiguity in our duties, but your value judgment system forces an even greater ambiguity upon us.

His amiable manners and generous heart had endeared him to all, and in a short time his delicate feelings were respected, and the slightest allusion to ambiguity of birth cautiously avoided by all his associates, who, whatever might be their suspicions, thought his brilliant qualifications more than compensated for any want of ancestral distinction.

There was simply not the time to cast it into rhyme or metre, to take care with assonance and ambiguity.

In language which seemed to have no element of ambiguity, the experimenter apparently affirmed the entire absence of sensation on the part of the dogs which he and his assistants subjected to operations of various kinds and of an extreme character.

But notwithstanding this frequent confusion of interests, it is easy to attain what natural philosophers, after Lord Bacon, have affected to call the experimentum crucis, or that experiment which points out the right way in any doubt or ambiguity.

I remember correctly, that homonyms are ambiguities that could cause trouble.

Publican and the masochist try to transform the ambiguity of human condition into a duality: sinner and judge, breast and hand.

Out of these questions emerge the concerns of innumerable feminists that postmodernism and deconstruction may very well theorize to an abstraction the lived experience of women or divert attention away from mistreatment in the rush to revel in the more playful eccentricities of theory and ambiguity.

Diana Deutsch, which is that the ambiguity in perception of direction of tritone intervals between Shepard tones is a function of absolute pitch modulo octaves, with the function being different for different individuals.