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Definition of the adjective ambivalent

What does ambivalent mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow

Alternative definition of the adjective ambivalent


  1. Simultaneously experiencing or expressing opposing or contradictory feelings, beliefs, or motivations.
  2. Alternately having one opinion or feeling, and then the opposite.

Definition of the adjective ambivalent for high school students

    having opposing feelings
    • example: My feelings about Calvin are ambivalent because on one hand he is a loyal friend, but on the other, he is a cruel and vicious thief.

The adjective ambivalent 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.


  1. "AMBIVALENT" is a musical album of Tomoyasu Hotei.
    • also known as アンビヴァレント
    • released on (7 years ago)
  2. "Ambivalent" is a musical EP of Ambivalent.

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Google previewFowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2016)

by Jeremy Butterfield

The terms ambivalent and ambivalence are first recorded in about 1916 in the context of psychology, and in particular the Jungian notion of 'the coexistence in one person of contradictory emotions or attitudes towards a person or thing' (OED ).

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling (2016)

by Jon Carlson, Shannon B. Dermer

resistant–ambivalent, and (d) disorganized. The capacity to manage stress, adapt to changes, and build relationships can be ...

Google previewThe Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology (2010)

by Irving B. Weiner, W. Edward Craighead

neurotically ambivalent tendency to focus defensively on a proudly idealized view of self as a means of masking awareness of a despised self. Carl Jung, who had been Bleuler's assistant, similarly noted that some people over-identify with a ...

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The more ambivalent you are and the more uncertain you are, then you can get something that you cannot anticipate. (Elia Kazan)
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Scrabble value of A1M3B3I1V4A1L1E1N1T1

The value of this 10-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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