Definition of ambiguously in English:



  • 1So as to be open to more than one interpretation.

    ‘the new clause is ambiguously worded’
    • ‘The set of four gouaches on paper ambiguously stages tensions among the four men in a barren gray landscape.’
    • ‘Extracts from the novel are included, which show somewhat ambiguously the conventionalism of the writer.’
    • ‘Every line, both verbal and musical, is ambiguously literal and self-critical.’
    • ‘They suggest that female characters are often ambiguously placed as retributive agents and eroticized victims of violence.’
    • ‘The painting is a self-portrait with the figure ambiguously caught somewhere in the mid-ground of opposing bedroom mirrors’
    • ‘Her record company launched a campaign to re-situate her not as an Anglo singer with an ambiguously "foreign-sounding" last name.’
    • ‘Forgiveness was the punctum I found in Unforgiven and which is already there in the text, if ambiguously.’
    • ‘Such poems as these complicitly and ambiguously critique racism, sexism, and violence.’
    • ‘To casually term her the "love" of a social inferior is playing fast and loose, or at the very least, unnecessarily ambiguously, with the evidence.’
    • ‘It is a surrealistic tale ambiguously told on the subject of alien abduction.’
    1. 1.1 So as to be open to doubt or uncertainty.
      ‘a peculiar, ambiguously remembered landscape where past and present seem repeatedly confounded’
      • ‘The rather ambiguously autonomous stature of art in militaristic states still has the ability to put a guilty shiver down the spine.’
      • ‘In addition to being ambiguously sincere, it happens to be false.’
      • ‘Later in the film, her intense and ambiguously romantic friendship with the fisherman challenges her marriage.’
      • ‘This is very much the lo-fi, ambiguously related peppermint duo of old.’
      • ‘The distinction between "we the people" and "those in high office" hung ambiguously in the air.’
      • ‘The opus did not now leave the strangely, ambiguously ambivalent feeling it had an hour earlier.’
      • ‘As well as pushing notions of identity in the film, he makes Sean an ambiguously gay character.’
      • ‘Things had been left so ambiguously, and I didn't want there to be a hint of negativity left between us.’
      • ‘Intervening in this particular republic is much less ambiguously a win-win situation.’
      • ‘The mock (and ambiguously historical) apocalypse provides the setting for the thematics that comprise the main matter of the book.’