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"ambiguity" in British English

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ambiguitynoun [C or U]

uk   /ˌæm.bɪˈɡjuː.ɪ.ti/  us   /-ə.t̬i/
C2 (an ​example of) the ​fact of something having more than one ​possiblemeaning and ​thereforepossiblycausingconfusion: We ​wish to ​remove any ambiguity ​concerningourdemands. There are some ambiguities in the ​legislation.

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(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   us   /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 ​fundamentalpurpose.
(Definition of ambiguity from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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