ambiguous ambiguous  /æm ˈbɪɡ ju əs/

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) having more than one possible meaning
  2. (adj) open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead
  3. (adj) having no intrinsic or objective meaning; not organized in conventional patterns

Usage(s):

  • The reply was deliberately left ambiguous so that various interpretations could be made of it.

News

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Study: Conservatives More Likely Than Liberals to Perceive Mixed-Race People as Black

    Conservatives and liberals perceive mixed-race or racially ambiguous people differently, according to new study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Using three experiments, “we found that conservatives were more likely than liberals to categorize a racially ambiguous person as black than white,” said psychologist and lead researcher, Amy Krosch at New York University. As ...
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Opposing Views

Quotes

  1. Asked if he'd close the facility within his first 100 days in office, Obama replied: "That is a challenge. I think it's going to take some time. But I don't want to be ambiguous about this. We are going to close Guantanamo and we are going to make...
    on Jan 12, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: The Miami Herald

  2. Wolfowitz said the dispute was "the product of ambiguous bank rules and unclear governance mechanisms," and he called on directors to clarify bank policies on conflicts of interest.
    on May 3, 2007 By: Paul Wolfowitz Source: Bloomberg

  3. Bob Crow, the RMT general secretary, said: "We have still not won an unequivocal, written guarantee. We are seeking to protect our members' interests. What we have received has been hedged, qualified and ambiguous."
    on Apr 18, 2008 By: Bob Crow Source: Telegraph.co.uk

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