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English definition of “ambiguity”

ambiguity

noun [C or U]
 
 
/ˌæmbɪˈɡjuːəti/ (plural ambiguities)
a situation in which something has more than one possible meaning and may therefore cause confusion, or an example of this: We wish to remove any ambiguity concerning our demands. There are still some ambiguities in the contract.
the state of being uncertain: ambiguity about sth You need to clear up any ambiguity about the agency's fundamental purpose.
(Definition of ambiguity from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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