Definition of gray area in English:

gray area


  • An ill-defined situation or field not readily conforming to a category or to an existing set of rules.

    ‘gray areas in the legislation have still to be clarified’
    • ‘Once again, its one of those grey areas where there needs to be a change in the law.’
    • ‘This new legislation has cleared up the grey area of who is responsible for identifying and managing asbestos in the work place.’
    • ‘There are a lot of grey areas here, and it could descend into a legal quagmire,’ Weatherburn said.’
    • ‘This legislation is being promoted as being something that simplifies things, but there's still a lot of grey areas there.’
    • ‘Indeed, the role of journalists and the media in dealing with criminals or suspected felons is a grey area with undefined boundaries.’
    • ‘Is anybody else amazed at just how many gray areas there are in the football rules?’
    • ‘Indian service tax rules have a lot of grey areas.’
    • ‘In fact, there are a lot of gray areas regarding client trust accounts.’
    • ‘There are some scenarios where the right direction is pretty obvious, but there also are gray areas where the decision isn't as clear cut.’
    • ‘According to Cohen, while Canada is making significant strides on the gay marriage front, there are still many legal grey areas for gay parents.’
    • ‘The older I get the more the issue of crime and punishment becomes a grey area.’
    • ‘There are indeed many grey areas within this issue, but I am quite sure that the law is correct in maintaining euthanasia's illegality.’
    • ‘Of course, this is one of Formula One's many great grey areas, can all teams withdraw on safety grounds en masse, and not be penalised.’
    • ‘I used to be idealistic enough to think that all the world was clean and tidy, that rules were rules, that there were no gray areas anywhere.’
    • ‘Many small businesses feel that imposing a blanket ban will avoid any confusion over grey areas in the legislation.’
    • ‘Whilst its existence and much of the conduct of its affairs may not be actually secret or secretive, it can be seen as a global institution whose role and position in world affairs are grey areas.’
    • ‘Hard-and-fast rules leave no room for gray areas, and we women are always complicated.’
    • ‘We have cleared up a number of grey areas, and a number of situations where the existing legislation was unclear about lines of accountability and responsibility.’
    • ‘Furr isn't opposed to exploiting the gray areas in the NASCAR rule book - actually, that's half the challenge.’
    • ‘But it goes to show that people back then, who had very little in materialistic terms, had an instinctive sense of right and wrong with no grey areas in between.’


gray area

/ɡrā ˈerēə/