from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An ambiguous or equivocal statement.
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- n. Amphiboly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A phrase, discourse, or proposition, susceptible of two interpretations; and hence, of uncertain meaning. It differs from equivocation, which arises from the twofold sense of a single term.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The use of ambiguous phrases or statements.
- n. In logic, a sentence which is ambiguous from uncertainty with regard to its construction, but not from uncertainty with regard to the meaning of the words forming it.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an ambiguous grammatical construction; e.g., `they are flying planes' can mean either that someone is flying planes or that something is flying planes
French amphibologie, from Late Latin amphibologia : Latin amphibo(lia), ambiguity (from Greek amphiboliā, from amphibolos, doubtful; see amphibole) + Latin -logia, -logy (added on the model of such words as tautologia, tautology).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French amphibologie, from late Latin amphibologia, earlier amphibolia, from Ancient Greek ἀμφιβολία ("ambiguity"). (Wiktionary)