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ambiguity

[‚am·bə′gyü·əd·ē]
(electronics)
The condition in which a synchro system or servosystem seeks more than one null position.
(navigation)
The condition in which navigation coordinates derived from a navigational instrument define more than one point, direction, line of position, or surface of position.

Ambiguity

Delphic oracle
ultimate authority in ancient Greece; often speaks in ambiguous terms. [Gk. Hist.: Leach, 305]
Iseult’s vow
pledge to husband has double meaning. [Arth. Legend: Tristan]
Loxias
epithet of Apollo, meaning “ambiguous” in reference to his practically uninterpretable oracles. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmer-man, 26]
Pooh-Bah
different opinion for every one of his offices. [Br. Opera: The Mikado, Magill I, 591–592]
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I have probably lingered on this last story because it violates the norms of old age, of marriage; but this story seems to be the ambiguous end of the other six stories.
This indicates that the more one agrees with pro taxpayer positions because of a reasonable basis, the lower the required percentage certainty for ambiguous positions.
Hypothesis 3: Highly rejection-sensitive individuals will display different attentional characteristics toward threat cues in explicit rejection situations from the characteristics they display toward threat cues in ambiguous rejection situations.
heightened awareness of the self as a social object; Buss, 2012) anticipate a relatively negative response to ambiguous teases posted on Facebook.
Like The Transformation of Ireland, Ambiguous Republic interrogates its historical subject--principally the Irish state--from several angles.
This effect was demonstrated in situations when they were provoked in a way that was ambiguous or not obvious.
The English word ambiguous comes from a Latin word that originally meant to drive in both directions and is often used to describe a word or sentence that can be interpreted in two or more ways.
There is a wide range of more ambiguous expressions, from which it is difficult to deduce the underlying emotional state.
INTRODUCTION: Ambiguous genitalia are currently defined as disorders of sexual development (DSD) and constitute a complex, major, social and medical emergency which is fortunately very rare [1].
Men also generally prefer positions for which the "rules of wage determination" are left ambiguous.
People are often willing to forgo significant amounts of money to avoid ambiguous prospects in favor of risky prospects that are equivalent under expected utility (Charness and Gneezy 2010; Gilboa 2004; Halevy 2007; Satin and Weber 1993).
Non ambiguous trees of size n are in bijection with permutations of size n with all their strict excedances at the beginning.