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Synonyms for ambiguous
æmˈbɪg yu əsam·bigu·ous

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Wiktionary4.0 / 1 vote

  1. ambiguousadjective

    Synonyms:
    equivocal

    Antonyms:
    specific, precise, unambiguous

  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:
    precise, unambiguous, specific

  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 Antonyms4.7 / 3 votes

  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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms4.3 / 3 votes

  1. ambiguous

    Synonyms:
    equivocal, vague, doubtful, enigmatical, uncertain, obscure, unintelligible, perplexing, indistinct, dubious

    Antonyms:
    univocal, obvious, plain, clear, unambiguous, indisputable, necessary, unmistakable, unequivocal, lucid

Princeton's WordNet5.0 / 1 vote

  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 Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. ambiguousadjective

    Synonyms:
    indefinite, delphic, equivocal, vague, doubtful

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How to use ambiguous in a sentence?

  1. Damon Gameau:

    This term about grams of sugar is so ambiguous. We try converting it into teaspoons so that people can really understand and see what a teaspoon is. So if you see on the back of a juice 20 grams [of sugar], divide that by four, and you know there's 5 teaspoons of sugar in that juice packet, and you'd never put 5 teaspoons in your cup of tea for your child, yet you'd give it in a juice quite easily. So people need to know that.

  2. Trump Jr.:

    After pleasantries were exchanged, the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton, her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered.

  3. Martin Chorzempa:

    There is nervousness about China's ambiguous, but Russia-leaning stance on the Ukraine conflict, which raises worries that China could be targeted by sanctions if it helps Russia.

  4. Donald Green:

    I don't think the typical American knows much about the Ukraine or what President Trump was talking about, if this case is ambiguous, it's something that can be tarred as a witch hunt.

  5. Governor Fallin:

    The bill is so ambiguous and so vague that doctors can not be certain what medical circumstances would be considered ‘ necessary to preserve the life of the mother, ’.


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