Etymology
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ambiguity (n.)

c. 1400, "uncertainty, doubt, indecision, hesitation," from Old French ambiguite and directly from Latin ambiguitatem (nominative ambiguitas) "double meaning, equivocalness, double sense," noun of state from ambiguus "having double meaning, doubtful" (see ambiguous). Meaning "obscurity in description" is from early 15c.

updated on December 29, 2016

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Definitions of ambiguity from WordNet

ambiguity (n.)
an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context;
ambiguity (n.)
unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning;
Synonyms: equivocalness
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