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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.
There are several larger issues addressed by this focus: it deflects from a sense of "good" and "bad" characters, by making it clear that however sympathetic Mercutio is, he is also a trouble-maker ambiguates the following actions, but also diminishes sympathy for the two people who die, for both of them were looking for a fight.
Still, it is useful, even necessary, perhaps, where rote techniques are given such prominence, to remind the student that the skills he is appropriating are for a purpose--and the term artha nicely ambiguates our notions of "meaning" and "purpose.
As Jacoby bemoans, the intellectual left increasingly retreats from important battle-lines, making a virtue of its self-proclaimed "marginality," and communicating in an opaque jargon which merely ambiguates its own political position and restricts it to internecine theoretical debates.