ambivalent ambivalent  /æm ˈbɪ və lənt/


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


  1. Veronica's relations with her party has always been ambivalent and she doesn't lose a chance to run down the party leaders.
  2. In spite of the provocation, the country was ambivalent about going to war.
  3. Although Jody was preparing for a new phase in her career, she was ambivalent about being called a sociologist.


  1. Tom Harbold: Reserve force could prove beneficial

    I am, to say the least, ambivalent about the proposal recently advanced as part of the county commissioners’ “Second Amendment Preservation Resolution” to consider the creation and deployment of reserve resources to assist the Sheriff’s Office in the event of threats to public safety, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, power grid failure, terrorist attacks or public unrest.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Carroll County Times

  2. Survey says: Residents less comfortable reporting crime

    Hawaii County residents are less comfortable calling the police to report a crime than they were four years ago, and many are ambivalent about the Hawaii County Police Department’s ability to serve community needs, according to survey results the department released Thursday. Just under 64 percent of the 370 people who responded either agreed or strongly agreed they felt comfortable reporting a ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: West Hawaii Today

  3. Ozzimo sets sights on Cal Poly soccer

    Nipomo High School’s 2013 female athlete of the year previously expressed ambivalence about continuing her athletic career after high school. But Cristina Ozzimo is ambivalent no more. She will try to walk on to the Cal Poly women’s soccer team.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Adobe Press


  1. "That conversation I had with the Farm Bureau, I was not ambivalent at all," said Obama.
    on Feb 26, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "There is no way that we are in some way ambivalent about the question of torture. It is absolutely revolting and the thought that rendition is part of that, I think that is abhorrent," Harman told BBC television.
    on Mar 1, 2009 By: Harriet Harman Source: Newsday

  3. On the other hand, Kidman says, "It's very bittersweet. Because, at 41, I think, 'I want to see her 21st birthday, and I want to see her get married.' My relationship with death used to be far more ambivalent, I think, and now it's very much about...
    on Oct 30, 2008 By: Nicole Kidman Source: Huffington Post (blog)

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