ambiguity noun

ADJ. possible, potential | moral, sexual

QUANT. degree, element There is a degree of ambiguity in this statement.

VERB + AMBIGUITY lead to Incorrect choice of words leads to ambiguity for the reader. | avoid The document has been carefully written to avoid ambiguity. | reduce | remove, resolve They had to change some of the wording in the document to resolve the ambiguity.

AMBIGUITY + VERB arise, occur Ambiguity arises when students' spoken English is very limited.

PREP. ~ about There will always be some ambiguity about what actually happened. | ~ in There was some ambiguity in what he said.

PHRASES a source of ambiguity