AMBIGUOUS | DEFINITION OF AMBIGUOUS, USE, SYNONYMS & ANTONYMS

       Ambiguous (adj.) 

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If something can be interpreted in more than one way, it is ambiguous.
For example, I have heard a lot of people say that they are against the consumption of alcohol and smoking in college and university premises. However, despite repeated assurances that they are going to put a stop to it, they never take action against the culprits. In a way, their attitude to/towards this issue is quite ambiguous. Are they in favour of such activities? But, how can they be? 
Now, why is there a confusion over what to make of it? 

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Well, it's because the behaviour of the authorities of certain academic establishments (which I won't name for obvious reasons) is ambiguous

Let's have a few more examples. 

a. His reply to the question was ambiguous

("What exactly does he mean? Is it 'this'? Is it 'that'? Is it something else? I don't know what to make of it.") 

b. The Board has been ambiguous on this issue. 

c. The wording of the legal documents is somewhat ambiguous

Synonyms: ambivalent, equivocal, debatable, open to argument, open to interpretation

Antonyms: obvious, clear, unambiguous

There is a difference between the meanings of the words, "ambiguous" and "ambivalent". I will discuss it later. 

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