ambiguous vs ambivalent :

ambiguous or 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.

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  • a  open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead
    the polling had a complex and equivocal (or ambiguous) message for potential female candidates
  • a  having more than one possible meaning
    ambiguous words
    frustrated by ambiguous instructions, the parents were unable to assemble the toy
  • s  having no intrinsic or objective meaning; not organized in conventional patterns
    an ambiguous situation with no frame of reference
    ambiguous inkblots

  • s  uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow
    was ambivalent about having children
News & Articles

  • 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
    June 12, 2013 - Nasdaq
  • 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 ...
    June 11, 2013 - Bleacher Report
  • 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 ...
    June 11, 2013 - CNET

  • 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.
    June 17, 2013 - Carroll County Times
  • 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 ...
    June 15, 2013 - West Hawaii Today
  • 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.
    June 14, 2013 - The Adobe Press