What is Ambiguous?

Ambiguous refers to expressions or situations that can be understood in different ways or generate confusion. The word ambiguous originates from the Latin ambiguus.

The terms confusing, obscure, uncertain, murky, indeterminate, doubtful, among others, can be used as synonyms for the ambiguous word. On the contrary, the following words can be used as ambiguous antonyms: clear, manifest or precise.

The term ambiguous is an adjective that indicates a person whose words or behaviors do not clearly define their attitudes or opinions, that is, it is uncertain or doubtful.

In reference to this point, when it is indicated that a person is ambiguous, this can be considered a negative characteristic, since it can be concluded that that person is un honest or sincere and conceals who he really is.

As for grammar, the term ambiguous refers to when a word has two or more meanings, determining its meaning around the context or the situation in which it was used.

For example, the use of homonymous words can cause confusion in a text or conversation, among which we can mention, bank, lime, wine, etc.

Also, ambiguous sentences can be formed that can have different interpretations. For example, “they have put a new bank in the square.”

It should be noted that ambiguity can be a tool in some cases in which people do not wish to disclose, for various reasons, information about a work project or a personal matter. In these cases, using ambiguous language can be a positive tool.