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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 so, it has one significant advantage, in that the greater the ambiguousness of a rule, the more scope power and influence will have to affect its application.
743 (2000) (finding vagueness and purposeful ambiguousness in damage award instructions); Joel D.
Reluctant Scholars," because of their ambiguousness about pursuing higher education, cited teacher support less often, seeing their parents as the primary supporters of their goals.
Susan Bordo finds such sexual ambiguousness more destabilizing to gender identities than imitative drag or butch-femme performances.
State B's lack of perfect information about the intentions of State A is not only the source of the ambiguousness of the alternatives but also compounds the effect of the alternative selected as a course of action.
appears to approach things with a keen eye for ambiguousness, as he wants to investigate the possible connection between the spread of popular heresy and the growing academic interests of the age.