Definition of ambivalence in English:



  • The state of having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone.

    ‘the law's ambivalence about the importance of a victim's identity’
    ‘government ambivalence toward the arts’
    • ‘There is deep British ambivalence about openly acknowledging this.’
    • ‘My ambivalence over speaking at the funeral was compounded when dad asked if I would do a scripture reading.’
    • ‘Montgomerie is equally tentative, possibly because he senses Kidd's ambivalence.’
    • ‘In the past, I might have struggled to join in, concealing my ambivalence with uncertain assertions.’
    • ‘At every stage, ambivalence and indecision has meant that decisions were forced upon them by events on the ground.’
    equivocation, uncertainty, unsureness, doubt, indecision, inconclusiveness, irresolution, irresoluteness, hesitation, hesitancy, fluctuation, vacillation, shilly-shallying, tentativeness
    conflict, contradiction, clash, confusion, dilemma, quandary
    muddle, vagueness, haze, haziness, unclearness
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