ambiguity

  

Definition

Doubtfulness of meaning, or uncertainty of intention, that makes a document capable of being understood in two or more senses. Ambiguity is commonly of two types (1) Latent ambiguity is not readily apparent from the language or text of a document, but arises when the document is executed or interpreted together with another document, and (2) Patent ambiguity arises directly from the language or text of the document itself.

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  • The apparent ambiguity of the sentence being used had such a broad concept of meaning that it could have applied to a number of situations

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  • The trial attorney carefully introduced ambiguity into his summation, in order to appeal to the varied personalities of the twelve jurors.

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  • High quality speakers have a few qualities in common: they speak clearly, enunciate, and leave little ambiguity between their meaning and message.

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