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Ambiguous (unclear or doubtful in meaning) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's absolutely essential words for the GRE, which includes 300 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

The word ambiguous and its family (ambiguities, ambiguity, unambiguous, unambiguously) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the adjective ambiguous

What does ambiguous mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more ambiguous / most ambiguous

  1. open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead
  2. having more than one possible meaning
  3. having no intrinsic or objective meaning; not organized in conventional patterns

Alternative definition of the adjective ambiguous


  1. Open to multiple interpretations.
  2. Vague and unclear.
  3. Of persons: hesitant; uncertain; not taking sides.

Definition of the adjective ambiguous for high school students

    uncertain, variably interpretable
    • example: Some people think Caesar married Cleopatra for her power, others believe he was charmed by her beauty. His actual reasons are ambiguous.

The adjective ambiguous is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


"Ambiguous" aka Waisetsu Netto Shūdan Ikasete!! and Group Suicide: The Last Supper is a 2003 Japanese Pink film directed by Toshiya Ueno. It was chosen as Best Film of the year at the Pink Grand Prix ceremony.

  • country: Japan
  • language: Japanese Language
  • starring: Minami Aoyama
  • genres: Erotica, Pornographic film, Japanese Movies
  • released on (11 years ago)


  1. "ambiguous" is a musical single of Garnidelia.
    • released on
  2. "Ambiguous" is a musical album of Edera.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  3. "Ambiguous" is a musical album of Andrew Liles.
    • released on
  4. "Ambiguous" is a musical album of Olivia Adriaco.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  5. "Ambiguous" is a composition, cataloged instance.

Phrases with Ambiguous

Phrases starting with the word Ambiguous:

  1. Ambiguous Snapper
  2. Ambiguous Cyrtandra
  3. Ambiguous Sunflower
  4. Ambiguous Aloina Moss
  5. Ambiguous Ditrichum Moss
  6. Ambiguous Calcareous Moss
  7. Ambiguous Trematodon Moss

Phrases ending with the word Ambiguous:

  1. Gender Ambiguous
  2. Merluccius Ambiguous
  3. Species Merluccius Ambiguous

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Ambiguous

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Google previewA Dictionary of Hallucinations (2009)

by Jan Dirk Blom

Ambiguous Illusion A experiences with – the hallucinogenic effects of A. muscaria. References Rudgley, R. (1998). The encyclopaedia of psychoactive substances. London: Little, Brown & Company. Rätsch, Chr. (2005). The encyclopedia of ...

Google previewThe Speech Processing Lexicon (2017)

Neurocognitive and Behavioural Approaches by Aditi Lahiri, Sandra Kotzor

However, some types of acoustic variability occurs as a result of highly ambiguous speech. Previous research has suggested that listeners use lexical information to retune phonetic category boundaries, particularly when encountering ...

Google previewThe law lexicon; or dictionary of jurisprudence, etc (1867)


An ambiguous ano is to be taken against him who offers it. Ambiguis casibus semper praesumitur pro rege. (In doubtful cases the presumption is always in favour of the king.) Ambiguum placitum interpretari debet contra proferentem. Co. Litt.

Google previewA Dictionary of Grammatical Terms in Linguistics (2013)

by R.L. Trask

ambiguity test 14 exist, such as the classic Janet made the robot fast, which is multiply ambiguous, involving both lexical and structural ambiguities. An ambiguous string is loosely referred to as an 'ambiguous sentence'; more precisely, such a ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Psychology (2016)

by Ray Corsini

ambiguous 1. In general, having more than one interpretation. 2. In anatomy, a problem having more than one interpretation. ambiguous communications Verbal or gestural ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Imaging (2008)

by Albert L. Baert

Most infants have ambiguous genitalia, often with severe under- masculinisation. There is a high risk of gonadal ...

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I look for ambiguity when I'm writing because life is ambiguous. (Keith Richards)
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Scrabble value of A1M3B3I1G2U1O1U1S1

The value of this 9-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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