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