Am·big·u·ous a. Doubtful or uncertain, particularly in respect to signification; capable of being understood in either of two or more possible senses; equivocal; as, an ambiguous course; an ambiguous expression.
What have been thy answers? What but dark,
Ambiguous, and with double sense deluding? --Milton.
Syn: -- Doubtful; dubious; uncertain; unsettled; indistinct; indeterminate; indefinite. See Equivocal.
adj 1: open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature
or significance; or (often) intended to mislead; "an
equivocal statement"; "the polling had a complex and
equivocal (or ambiguous) message for potential female
candidates"; "the officer's equivocal behavior
increased the victim's uneasiness"; "popularity is an
equivocal crown"; "an equivocal response to an
embarrassing question" [syn: equivocal] [ant: unequivocal]
2: having more than one possible meaning; "ambiguous words";
"frustrated by ambiguous instructions, the parents were
unable to assemble the toy" [ant: unambiguous]
3: having no intrinsic or objective meaning; not organized in
conventional patterns; "an ambiguous situation with no
frame of reference"; "ambiguous inkblots"