Example sentences for: ambiguous

How can you use “ambiguous” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • Orwell constructed an alternative future in his vision of the totalitarian state, Nineteen Eighty-Four . The work has given English a small lode of unpleasantries: the title itself connotes a society marked by government terror and propaganda destroying the public's consciousness of reality (the OED Supplement also accepts 1984 and 1984-ish as adjective forms); that government's official language, Newspeak , now indicates the propagandistic or ambiguous language of, among others, politicians, bureaucrats, and broadcasters (“revenue enhancement” for “tax increase,” etc.); the twisting of minds to the capacity to accept the validity of utterly contradictory opinions or beliefs, or double-think ; the book's head of state, Big Brother , implies an apparently benevolent, but really ruthless, omnipotent, and omniscient state authority.

  • This makes the black intellectual not only a propagandist but also an apologist, at times, of the most hypocritical sort, blowing up trivialities while ignoring profundities because of their ambiguous nature, all the while operating with the urges of a philanthropist, discarding merit in the name of equality of space or for "educating" the public in favor of a good cause.

  • The ambiguity probably arose from She/He taught her/him everything she/he knows (about something specified), in which the referent of the second She/he is ambiguous: common sense dictates that it refer to the subject of the sentence, not to the her or him, thus yielding the more reasonable She taught him everything she knows or He taught her everything she knows .

  • An intermediary for a witness or witnesses who might or might not be a Secret Service agent or agents had told Starr's office about seeing Clinton and Lewinsky in what was now described as an "ambiguous situation."

  • "Brother-in-law" is ambiguous; it could refer to my wife's brother.


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