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Synonyms for ambiguous
æmˈbɪg yu əsam·bigu·ous

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  1. ambiguousadjective

    Synonyms:
    equivocal

    Antonyms:
    unambiguous, specific, precise

  2. ambiguousadjective

    Open to multiple interpretations.

    The politician was criticized for his ambiguous statements and lack of precision.

    Synonyms:
    equivocal

    Antonyms:
    specific, precise, unambiguous

  3. ambiguousadjective

    Vague and unclear.

    He gave an ambiguous answer.

    Synonyms:
    equivocal

    Antonyms:
    specific, precise, unambiguous

  4. ambiguousadjective

    Of persons: hesitant; uncertain; not taking sides.

    Thomas Salusbury (1662): And forasmuch as in this same question I am ambiguous, and Simplicius is resolute....

    Synonyms:
    equivocal

    Antonyms:
    specific, unambiguous, precise

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. ambiguous

    Equivocal (Latin equus, equal, and vox, voice, word) denotes that which may equally well be understood in either of two or more ways. Ambiguous (Latin ambi, around, and ago, drive, lead) signifies lacking in distinctness or certainty, obscure or doubtful through indefiniteness of expression. Ambiguous is applied only to spoken or written statements; equivocal has other applications. A statement is ambiguous when it leaves the mind of the reader or hearer to fluctuate between two meanings, which would fit the language equally well; it is equivocal when it would naturally be understood in one way, but is capable of a different interpretation; an equivocal expression is, as a rule, intentionally deceptive, while an ambiguous utterance may be simply the result of a want either of clear thought or of adequate expression. That which is enigmatical must be guessed like a riddle; a statement may be purposely made enigmatical in order to provoke thought and study. That is doubtful which is fairly open to doubt; that is dubious which has become the subject of doubts so grave as scarcely to fall short of condemnation; as, a dubious reputation. Questionable may be used nearly in the sense either of dubious or of doubtful; a questionable statement is one that must be proved before it can be accepted. To say that one's honesty is questionable is a mild way of saying that in the opinion of the speaker he is likely to prove dishonest. Equivocal is sometimes, tho more rarely, used in this sense. A suspicious character gives manifest reason to be suspected; a suspicious temper is inclined to suspect the motives and intentions of others, with or without reason. Compare CLEAR.

    Synonyms:
    doubtful, dubious, enigmatic, enigmatical, equivocal, indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct, obscure, perplexing, questionable, suspicious, uncertain

    Antonyms:
    certain, clear, distinct, evident, indisputable, indubitable, lucid, manifest, obvious, perspicuous, plain, unambiguous, unequivocal, unquestionable, unquestioned

Princeton's WordNet

  1. equivocal, ambiguousadjective

    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"

    Synonyms:
    equivocal

    Antonyms:
    unambiguous, structured, monosemous

  2. ambiguousadjective

    having more than one possible meaning

    "ambiguous words"; "frustrated by ambiguous instructions, the parents were unable to assemble the toy"

    Synonyms:
    equivocal

    Antonyms:
    monosemous, unambiguous, structured

  3. ambiguousadjective

    having no intrinsic or objective meaning; not organized in conventional patterns

    "an ambiguous situation with no frame of reference"; "ambiguous inkblots"

    Synonyms:
    equivocal

    Antonyms:
    structured, monosemous, unambiguous

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Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. ambiguousadjective

    Synonyms:
    indefinite, delphic, equivocal, vague, doubtful

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How to use ambiguous in a sentence?

  1. Brock McEwen:

    At the moment, both the flaperon's appearance and the drift study which 'validates' it seem to be of a weirdness sufficiently ambiguous to bolster confidence in theories across the suspicion spectrum.

  2. Donald Trump:

    China will be buying massive amounts of product from us, including agricultural, from our farmers -- tremendous amount of agricultural and other products, going down the line, Donald Trump can see what was left ambiguous.

  3. Regal Cinemas:

    Due to the wavering support of the film 'The Interview' by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats, Regal Entertainment Group has decided to delay the opening of the film in our theatres.

  4. Andreas Beer:

    If you take a look at the Joker, it's an ambiguous mixture between something funny and something menacing, it's a horror clown and that's kind of, somehow cool. You can make memes of that.

  5. Ali Ishaq:

    It was disappointing, his announcement ... is an ambiguous position and did not reach the level of cancelling the Oslo Accords.

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