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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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(61) This definition of metrosexual is sketchy precisely because the thrust of the metrosexual identity--like so many others today--is to ambiguate sexuality.
Ironically, that rhetorical move would further ambiguate the conception of harm.
The cramped hand is both a sign of the human will to power as well as a painful reminder of the limits of that power; the hand's otherness--that is, its manifestation as something separate from Santiago's will--is ethically productive precisely because it ambiguates the terms of Santiago's mastery over nature.
Disproportionate focus on the informative aspect of a communication--whether in amount, efficiency, or kind of information exchanged--attenuates and ambiguates the relational context presupposed by the communication.