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synonyms for ambiguous

  • cryptic
  • dubious
  • enigmatic
  • equivocal
  • inconclusive
  • obscure
  • opaque
  • puzzling
  • questionable
  • uncertain
  • unclear
  • vague
  • clear as dishwater
  • doubtful
  • enigmatical
  • indefinite
  • indeterminate
  • inexplicit
  • muddy
  • multivocal
  • polysemous
  • tenebrous
  • unintelligible
See also synonyms for: ambiguously / ambiguousness / unambiguous
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antonyms for ambiguous

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  • certain
  • clear
  • definite
  • determined
  • known
  • obvious
  • plain
  • sure
  • unambiguous
  • understandable
  • unquestionable
  • explicit
  • lucid
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How to use ambiguous in a sentence

Those metrics provide a very clear way to benchmark performance—something that doesn’t exist for many real-world problems, where the most effective move may be far more ambiguous and the entire concept of “winning” may not apply.
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The question was ambiguous as stated, so I gave credit for both answers.
THE FIFTH BATTLE FOR RIDDLER NATIONZACH WISSNER-GROSSSEPTEMBER 4, 2020FIVETHIRTYEIGHT
Such questions routinely prompt ambiguous and gendered responses.
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Finally, as some readers observed, the original puzzle was slightly ambiguous as written.
CAN YOU REACH THE BEACH?ZACH WISSNER-GROSSAUGUST 7, 2020FIVETHIRTYEIGHT
In those ambiguous cases, mathematicians have additional tools at their disposal.
THE ‘USELESS’ PERSPECTIVE THAT TRANSFORMED MATHEMATICSKEVIN HARTNETTJUNE 9, 2020QUANTA MAGAZINE
Some few of them however (perhaps from my want of Judgment) seem so ambiguous, as to want a little Explanation.
A LETTER FROM MR. CIBBER TO MR. POPECOLLEY CIBBER
In some cases proper evidence may be used to identify things where the description in the will is ambiguous.
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It was a claiming touch, and there was something in the unfolded sweetness of her face that was not ambiguous.
HILDASARAH JEANETTE DUNCAN
I am not without resources; but his civil ambiguous silence, by feeding my hopes, has encreased my difficulties.
PRIVATE LETTERS OF EDWARD GIBBON (1753-1794) VOLUME 1 (OF 2)EDWARD GIBBON
To think of a chap writing such a veiled, ambiguous, absolutely botched sentence, and cooking up such a mess!
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WORDS RELATED TO AMBIGUOUS

  • ambiguous
  • double-edged
  • equivocal
  • sarcastic
  • sardonic
  • two-edged
  • ambiguous
  • bending
  • circuitous
  • confounding
  • confusing
  • curving
  • detouring
  • deviating
  • digressory
  • diverting
  • errant
  • erratic
  • excursive
  • flexuous
  • misleading
  • obscure
  • out-of-the-way
  • rambling
  • remote
  • removed
  • roundabout
  • serpentine
  • straying
  • tortuous
  • twisting
  • wandering
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.