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equivocal; uncertain; changing; ambiguous.


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  • Amphiboly

    ambiguity of speech, especially from uncertainty of the grammatical construction rather than of the meaning of the words, as in The Duke yet lives that Henry shall depose. Historical Examples The phrase transcendental object occurs once in the second Analogy and twice in the Note on amphiboly. A Commentary to Kant’s ‘Critique of Pure Reason’ […]

  • Amphibolic fistula

    amphibolic fistula amphibolic fistula am·phi·bol·ic fistula (ām’fə-bŏl’ĭk) or am·phib·o·lous fistula (ām-fĭb’ə-ləs) n. A complete anal fistula opening both externally and internally.

  • Amphibolite

    a metamorphic rock composed mainly of and plagioclase. Historical Examples The specimen was taken from a pegmatite dike at its contact with an amphibolite. The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace The term is to some extent synonymous with “amphibolite” and “hornblende-schist.” Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 6 Various noun a metamorphic rock consisting […]

  • Amphibology

    . Historical Examples amphibology, am-fib-ol′o-ji, n. the use of ambiguous phrases or such as can be construed in two senses. Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various noun (pl) -gies, -lies ambiguity of expression, esp when due to a grammatical construction, as in save rags and waste paper

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