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ambiguous (adj) capable of giving two or more meanings; doubtful.

When people do not clearly state what they want to say, as they speak or write in a way that causes doubts about their intentions, they are ambiguous; their words are ambiguous. Instructions which are not clear and which leave you in doubt whether you should go ahead and do something, or not do it, are ambiguous.

  • The secretary was not clear whether to deposit the cash in the bank or not. Her boss's instructions to her just to keep the money safe were ambiguous, she felt.
  • In their attempt to avoid any ambiguity, and to ensure precision in drafting agreements, lawyers use a lot of jargon, which the layman finds it difficult to understand.
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