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"No time like the present to learn a lesson," she replied, ambiguously.

You write so ambiguously about it that I cannot make out the exact thing.

Ambiguously—no other word did justice to the complexity of his facial expression.

I did not press for an explanation of this speech, that sounded so ambiguously strange.

"I am glad to know that the great book is safe," answered Giovanni ambiguously.

"By gracious, that accounts for a whole lot," he said ambiguously.

Whatever his own disposition, his ear has been hitherto deaf to their hints, timidly, and ambiguously given.

Many more of these particles are inelegantly, if not ambiguously used.

So many things may occur within the next few days that such an ambiguously worded document might prove of the utmost value.

Secondarily, the thing itself is ambiguously said to be true in the sense of being signified as it is.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, from Latin ambiguus "having double meaning, shifting, changeable, doubtful," adjective derived from ambigere "to dispute about," literally "to wander," from ambi- "about" (see ambi-) + agere "drive, lead, act" (see act). Sir Thomas More (1528) seems to have first used it in English, but ambiguity dates back to c.1400. Related: Ambiguously; ambiguousness.

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