ambiguous (adj.)

  1. 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 officers equivocal behavior increased the victims uneasiness; popularity is an equivocal crown; an equivocal response to an embarrassing question

    [ Syn: equivocal ]

  2. having more than one possible meaning; ambiguous words; frustrated by ambiguous instructions, the parents were unable to assemble the toy'

  3. having no intrinsic or objective meaning; not organized in conventional patterns; an ambiguous situation with no frame of reference; ambiguous inkblots'

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