Definition of ambiguously in English:



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

    ‘the new clause is ambiguously worded’
    • ‘It is a surrealistic tale ambiguously told on the subject of alien abduction.’
    • ‘Such poems as these complicitly and ambiguously critique racism, sexism, and violence.’
    • ‘Extracts from the novel are included, which show somewhat ambiguously the conventionalism of the writer.’
    • ‘Her record company launched a campaign to re-situate her not as an Anglo singer with an ambiguously "foreign-sounding" last name.’
    • ‘The set of four gouaches on paper ambiguously stages tensions among the four men in a barren gray landscape.’
    • ‘The painting is a self-portrait with the figure ambiguously caught somewhere in the mid-ground of opposing bedroom mirrors’
    • ‘Forgiveness was the punctum I found in Unforgiven and which is already there in the text, if ambiguously.’
    • ‘Every line, both verbal and musical, is ambiguously literal and self-critical.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They suggest that female characters are often ambiguously placed as retributive agents and eroticized victims of violence.’
    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.’
      • ‘As well as pushing notions of identity in the film, he makes Sean an ambiguously gay character.’
      • ‘Intervening in this particular republic is much less ambiguously a win-win situation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Things had been left so ambiguously, and I didn't want there to be a hint of negativity left between us.’
      • ‘The opus did not now leave the strangely, ambiguously ambivalent feeling it had an hour earlier.’
      • ‘The mock (and ambiguously historical) apocalypse provides the setting for the thematics that comprise the main matter of the book.’
      • ‘The distinction between "we the people" and "those in high office" hung ambiguously in the air.’
      • ‘This is very much the lo-fi, ambiguously related peppermint duo of old.’