V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. mixed feelings or emotions; 2. uncertainty as to which course of action to take

Synonyms: uncertainty, indecisiveness

Antonyms: certainty

Tips: Ambivalence occurs when you have mixed feelings about something. The related adjective ambivalent is used to characterize someone who has mixed feelings or uncertainty about something. Use ambivalent to denote conflicting feelings. If you want to go to two different restaurants, you are ambivalent, as you have conflicting desires. Ambivalence and ambivalent denote inner conflict and uncertainty. Note: do not confuse ambivalent with ambiguous. Ambiguous means "unclear" and "not defined."

Usage Examples:

She had no ambivalence about accepting the promotion and looked forward to her challenging new responsibilities. (uncertainty, mixed feelings)

Mike was ambivalent about going on vacation and leaving the project in someone else’s hands. (uncertain) adjective

Tara's career was full of ambivalence, because she jumped from one job to another without any focus or clear goals. (uncertainty)

Her ambivalence about buying the house kept her up with worries all night. (uncertainty, indecisiveness, mixed feelings)

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