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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 previewEncyclopedia of Family Health (2011)

by Martha Craft-Rosenberg, Shelley-Rae Pehler

Ambiguous loss is a problem when families experience high boundary ambiguity and hopelessness. The Boundary Ambiguity Scale measures the family's perceptions about family boundaries. Boss lists six theoretical propositions as the ...

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 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 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 ...

Google previewThe Law Lexicon Or Dictionary of Jurisprudence (1867)

Explaining the Technical Words and Phrases Employed in the Several Departments of English Law... by J.J.S. WHARTON

(An ambiguous answer is to be taken against him who ofi'ers it.) Amb' uie caaibu: semper prmtumitur pro regs. In doubtful cases the presumption is always in favour of the Ambiguu/m placitum interprctari debet contra profcrentcm. C0. Litt.

Google previewThe Experimental Phenomena of Consciousness : A Brief Dictionary (2007)

A Brief Dictionary by Berkeley Talis Bachmann Professor of Psychology University of California, Berkeley Bruno Breitmeyer Professor of Psychology University of California, Berkeley Haluk Ogmen Professor of Psychology University of California

Ambiguous figures A very large class of figures (images, drawings), each of which permits two (or sometimes more) alternative perceptual interpretations. At any one time of observing such figures, only one of the alternative interpretations ...

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Quotes about Ambiguous

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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