Meaning of “ambiguity” in the English Dictionary

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"ambiguity" in British English

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ambiguitynoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌæm.bɪˈɡjuː.ə.ti/ us /ˌæm.bɪˈɡjuː.ə.t̬i/

C2 (an example of) the fact of something having more than one possible meaning and therefore possibly causing confusion:

We wish to remove any ambiguity concerning our demands.
There are some ambiguities in the legislation.

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  • There is some ambiguity in the Bible story, and it has been interpreted in different ways.
  • The law ought to be tightened to avoid any ambiguity.
  • Is he now saying that he's in favour of going to war? His statement is full of ambiguity.
  • Let me say this, to avoid any ambiguity, - I am not leaving my wife.
  • Be as precise as possible in your answer, so that there is no ambiguity.

(Definition of “ambiguity” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ambiguity" in American English

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ambiguitynoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌæm·bɪˈɡjuɪ·t̬i/

a situation or statement that is unclear because it can be understood in more than one way:

[ C ] This is a first step toward clarifying things, but there are still many ambiguities.
intentional ambiguity literature

Intentional ambiguity is the use of language or images to suggest more than one meaning at the same time, esp. in a poem.

(Definition of “ambiguity” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ambiguity" in Business English

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ambiguitynoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌæmbɪˈɡjuːəti/ us 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)