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Ambivalence (the state of having conflicting emotional attitudes) 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.

Definition of the noun ambivalence

What does ambivalence mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: ambivalences

  1. mixed feelings or emotions
    • example: Spenser's sarcastic and joking remarks are often misinterpreted as signs of ambivalence and often taken too seriously.
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • synonym of ambivalence: ambivalency
    • more generic word: feeling = the experiencing of affective and emotional states
    • more specific word: conflict = opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings

Alternative definition of the noun ambivalence


  1. The coexistence of opposing attitudes or feelings (such as love and hate) towards a person, object or idea.
  2. A state of uncertainty or indecisiveness.


Ambivalence is a record label.


"Ambivalence" is a book by Jonathan Garfinkel.

  • also known as "Ambivalence: crossing the Israel/Palestine divide"


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  7. "Ambivalence" is a composition.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Ambivalence

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Google previewFundamentals of Nursing Care, Concepts, Connections and Skills (2016)

Nursing, Nursing by CTI Reviews

Ambivalence: Ambivalence is a state of having simultaneous, conflicting feelings toward a person or thing. Statedanotherway, ambivalence is the experience of having thoughts and/or emotions of both positive and negative valence toward ...

Google previewPsychology of Prejudice The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Statedanother way, ambivalence is the experience of having thoughts and emotions of both positive and negative valence toward someone or something. A common exampleof ambivalence is the feelingof both love and hate fora person.

Google previewe-Study Guide for: Freud on the Psychology of Ordinary Mental Life by Susan Sugarman, ISBN 9781442204034 (2012)

by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

ambivalence: Ambivalence is a state of having simultaneous, conflicting feelings toward a person or thing. Statedanotherway, ambivalence is the experience of having thoughts and emotions of both positive and negative valence toward ...

Google previewMad Mothers, Bad Mothers, and What a "Good" Mother Would Do (2014)

The Ethics of Ambivalence by Sarah LaChance Adams

Maternal ambivalence is a robust exemplar of the contradictions of our ethical life . Maternity is a unique ethical condition, but it brings into sharp relief the pattern of interdependence that is relevant to all human relationships. It highlights how ...

Google previewAdvances in Computer Science and Education (2012)

by Anne Xie, Xiong Huang

Ambivalence is the positive and negative attitude existing independently on the attitudinal target in simultaneously, which is different from bipolar attitude. Ambivalence has moderating effect on the relationship between attitude and intention.

Google previewSelf, Social Structure, and Beliefs (2004)

Explorations in Sociology by Jeffrey C. Alexander, Gary T. Marx, Christine L. Williams

Ambivalence is a key theme in the three chapters we have organized into this section. Smelser argued that extreme...

Google previewPervert-Schizoid-Woman (2016)

by Michael Williams

Ambivalence is the affective split at the center of the parallactic gap of s. Ambivalence is the substratum of the ground of $-ism. The center of the structure is simultaneously split and sutured in an affective ambi-valence. Both order ( binary ...

Google previewGerioperative Nursing Care (2011)

Principles and Practices of Surgical Care for the Older Adult by Dr. Raelene V. Shippee-Rice, PhD, RN, Dr. Susan Fetzer, PhD, RN, MBA, Jennifer V. Long, CRNA, CRNP, MS, Alexandra Armitage, MS, CNL, APRN

Ambivalence is the primary reason individuals do not change health behaviors. Health coaching is thoughtful guidance that...

Resolving ambivalence is a major focus of behavioral change. The Stages of Change model describes how people ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Relationships (2009)

by Harry T. Reis, Susan Sprecher

Ambivalence varies by contextual as well as individual difference factors. A contextual factor of particular importance is the type of relationship. Individuals are more likely to experience ambivalence in close family relationships than in ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Death and Dying (2003)

by Glennys Howarth, Oliver Leaman

,Freudfindssuch ambivalence atwork in ritualized taboos on the dead (Freud 1985: 107Â¥20). Various phenomena of avoidance of the dead, fear of the return of the dead and demonization of the ...

Google previewThe Freud Encyclopedia (2002)

Theory, Therapy, and Culture by Edward Erwin

Ambivalence The term " ambivalence" connotes opposite feeling states toward a person or a thing. When mixed feelings of both love and hate exist, side by side, one experiences ambivalence.

Google previewBaudrillard Dictionary (2010)

by Richard G. Smith

ambivalence always calls into question the legitimacy of value. For Baudrillard, value is the principal illusion behind consumer ideology in that it imputes significance to otherwise insignificant objects and, in so doing, motivates consumers to ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Emotion (2010)

by Gretchen Reevy, Yvette Malamud Ozer, Yuri Ito

Ambivalence To be ambivalent is to feel conflicting emotions toward a person or thing; am- bivalence involves feeling both positive and negative emotions. For instance, an individual may experience ambivalent ...

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Quotes about Ambivalence

It seems we are capable of immense love and loyalty, and as capable of deceit and atrocity. It's probably this shocking ambivalence that makes us unique. (John Scott)
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Scrabble value of A1M3B3I1V4A1L1E1N1C3E1

The value of this 11-letter word is 20 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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