ambiguous vs ambivalent : Common Errors in English

About ambiguous vs ambivalent

Even though the prefix “ambi-” means “both,” “ambiguous” has come to mean “unclear,” “undefined,” while “ambivalent” means “torn between two opposing feelings or views.” If your attitude cannot be defined into two polarized alternatives, then you’re ambiguous, not ambivalent.

ambiguous Meaning(s)

  • (a) having more than one possible meaning
  • (a) open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead
  • (s) having no intrinsic or objective meaning; not organized in conventional patterns

ambivalent Meaning(s)

  • (s) uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow

ambiguous in News

  1. SPX and BKX Updates: No Material Change

    The market remains in the ambiguous zone. I remain marginally in favor of the bears, but am limiting myself to low risk trades, given the ambiguity. Let's take a look at the Philadelphia
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Nasdaq

  2. Tim Tebow's Signing is a Mistake for the New England Patriots

    Tim Tebow to the New England Patriots .  Stunningly, the most secretive and ambiguous franchise in professional sports has willingly delved into a full-blown circus.  While Tebow does bring some positive qualities to the table, here are several factors that will hinder the polarizing quarterback from realizing on-field success in Foxboro .   Tom Brady The Patriots' franchise quarterback is ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Bleacher Report

  3. Sony: 'We won't impose any restrictions on PS4 used games'

    Sony makes a simple declaration to much applause (click image to enlarge). (Credit: Screenshot by David Carnoy/CNET) The battle lines have been drawn. After Microsoft created a controversy with an ambiguous used-games policy at the launch of the Xbox One, Sony's striking back with a simple message to gamers: "We won't impose any restrictions on used games" for the PS4. "I guess that's a good ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: CNET

ambivalent in News

  1. ‘Pandora’s Promise’: Reconsidering a nuclear option (review)

    It has got to be a weird experience, for both environmentalists and supporters of nuclear power alike, to watch "Pandora's Promise." Although the documentary ultimately argues in favor of nuclear power, an energy source that's anathema to many tree huggers, it does so in a way that's less strenuous than strenuously ambivalent. In the end, its somewhat equivocal message — that nuclear power might ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The News-Herald

  2. Eli: Duke workouts “not a substitute” for Nicks and Cruz

    Giants quarterback Eli Manning was careful to hold his tongue in the early stages of Victor Cruz’s absence. But now that it’s taken up the whole OTA season, and fellow wideout Hakeem Nicks has missed it all as well, Manning sounds less ambivalent. The Giants quarterback last saw his top two receivers when he was…
    on June 7, 2013 Source: NBC Sports: ProFootballTalk

  3. Verizon, Telephony Metadata, the National Security Agency and You

    People are upset (or scared or confused or ambivalent) about the revelation that the National Security Agency is collecting information from Verizon concerning telephone calls made on its network. What does it all mean??? Let’s dive right in. So the government is listening to all my Verizon calls, right? No. Well, not according to this report that’s been dug up by The Guardian. What’s happening ...
    on June 6, 2013 Source: Techland

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