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Having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone.‘some loved her, some hated her, few were ambivalent about her’‘an ambivalent attitude to Europe’
equivocal, uncertain, unsure, doubtful, indecisive, inconclusive, irresolute, in two minds, undecided, unresolved, in a dilemma, on the horns of a dilemma, in a quandary, on the fence, torn, hesitating, fluctuating, wavering, vacillating, equivocating, mixedView synonyms
- ‘In some ways they have coveted each other, and yet the economic relationship between the two remains ambivalent.’
- ‘I reject totally any statement by the opposition that we have in some way been ambivalent.’
- ‘In practice, we have managed to do better than our ambivalent attitudes suggest.’
- ‘He also said Mr O'Brien was ambivalent on the role of the banks connected with the consortium.’
- ‘He said that he knew of many parents who supported his stance although there were others who disagreed or were ambivalent.’
- ‘Newspapers previously ambivalent to him are now grudgingly behind him.’
- ‘To me, this is an example of our somewhat ambivalent attitudes towards medical care in general.’
- ‘They are sometimes ambivalent, but that is a different matter altogether.’
- ‘I know it pains him that he hasn't seen me grow up and that, now, I seem ambivalent about our relationship.’
- ‘Those sentiments are a far cry from her early years when she had an altogether more ambivalent attitude towards her singing.’
- ‘His assessment of the future of composition in America is ambivalent.’
- ‘Not surprisingly, therefore, our attitude to mobile phones is ambivalent.’
- ‘I'm actually starting to feel positive about the upcoming test, as opposed to mildly ambivalent.’
- ‘Yet, as with all such situations, we feel ambivalent when we consider this factor.’
- ‘I don't think there's another band in existence capable of producing such an ambivalent reaction in me.’
- ‘Being ambivalent herself, Vowell agrees this might be what attracts her to Canada.’
- ‘To say that councillors are ambivalent about the idea is an understatement.’
- ‘We have been, as devoted readers can attest, mostly ambivalent on the marriage issue.’
- ‘I wanted a book that showed us how ambiguous we are, or how ambivalent we are.’
- ‘Their attitude to Hale is ambivalent at best and I suspect that it is actively hostile.’
Early 20th century: from ambivalence (from German Ambivalenz), on the pattern of equivalent.
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