ambiguity
noun
ADJECTIVE
certain, possible, potential

The poem contains a certain ambiguity.

moral, sexual
inherent

the inherent ambiguity of language

… OF AMBIGUITY
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.

clarify, reduce
eliminate, 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.

surround

the ambiguity surrounding the concept of ‘reality’

PREPOSITION
ambiguity about

There will always be some ambiguity about what actually happened.

ambiguity in

There was some ambiguity in what he said.

PHRASES
a source of ambiguity

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