Unclear or uncertain. An ambiguous phrase is one that is not easy to understand, and often could be interpreted different ways. Something ambiguous can occasionally be deceptive, either intentionally or unintentionally, because the interpreter isn't able to figure out the actual meaning. The terms and conditions of a website, or the warranty of a product, if written with ambiguity, could lead to a consumer not understanding the consequences of certain behaviors.

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  • The word "biweekly" is ambiguous, because it can mean either happening every two weeks or happening twice a week.

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  • The language in the rule book was ambiguous on this subject: there was no clear-cut answer for me to base my decision.

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  • Because the teacher's words were ambiguous, the students could not tell if the first draft or the final paper was due on Friday.

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