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01. The President was purposefully [ambiguous] in his reply.
02. I feel pretty [ambiguous] about the party. I hope it's a success, but I don't want to go myself.
03. There can be no [ambiguity] over the right of people to say what they believe.
04. The ending of the movie was totally [ambiguous]. I guess we have to decide for ourselves what really happened.
05. The definition of a hate crime is somewhat [ambiguous], which makes it extremely difficult to enforce the law.
06. The President was condemned for his [ambiguous] statements concerning the scandal.
07. The United Nations resolution was too [ambiguous] to have any real force.
08. There is always a certain degree of [ambiguity] in language, which can be difficult for language learners to accept.
09. His answer to our question was somewhat [ambiguous], so I don't really know what he's going to do.
10. Politics is the art of [ambiguity]: you must say something in such a way that it can be interpreted to mean almost anything.
11. J. S. Habgood once suggested that all knowledge is [ambiguous].
12. Paul Tillich once remarked that the awareness of the [ambiguity] of one's highest achievements (as well as one's deepest failures) is a definite symptom of maturity.
13. Martina Horner once stated that what is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate [ambiguity]. In the end there are no certain answers.
14. Roger von Oech once said, "Take advantage of the [ambiguity] in the world. Look at something and think what else it might be."
15. Theodor Adorno once suggested that intolerance of [ambiguity] is the mark of an authoritarian personality.
16. Research shows that we use our general knowledge of people and events to help us interpret [ambiguous] stimuli to remember things that happen in our lives.
17. His answer to the question was completely [unambiguous]. He is clearly against the idea.

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