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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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If task ambiguity causes procrastination, interventions changing the task are necessary in order to reduce procrastination.
Task ambiguity and state procrastination at the first measurement are not correlated.
Furthermore, it provides a distinction between risk and ambiguity, and can capture preference with ambiguity aversion.
Index C represents individual attitude toward ambiguity. This representation of preferences includes both the multiple priors' preferences of Gilboa and Schmeidler (1989) and the multiplier preferences of Hansen and Sargent (2000, 2001).
United States (16) by making the spirit of the statute relevant to the threshold determination of clarity versus ambiguity. (17) This expands the bounds of the inquiry in an undisciplined manner.
This move to include additional considerations at the threshold ambiguity versus clarity determination reveals crucial differences between purposivism and textualism.
On the other hand, the daily solution shows that ambiguity fixing rate for VRS was consistently stable for the entire period.
A more complex form of ambiguity can be found in terms that describe a large complex of conceptions that are somehow felt to belong together.
We contribute to the organizational learning theory and to international business and alliance literatures by identifying antecedents and consequences of knowledge ambiguity. Specifically, we enhance understanding of the reasons why some firms fail in acquiring knowledge from foreign partners by positing knowledge ambiguity as an important mediator in explaining how institutional distance and relational capital affect international knowledge acquisition.
Based on recent contributions to the theory of decision making under ambiguity, we characterize circumstances in which one book of insurance is "more ambiguous" than another, and establish general conditions under which more ambiguous books entail higher capital holdings under our capital-setting rule.
Tolerance of ambiguity is distinct from tolerance of risk.
This threshold requires that "ambiguity" be found in a legislative text before the presumption can be applied or indeed, before constitutional "values" can be considered at all in the interpretation of the text.