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Ambivalent Definition & Synonyms from 601 Words

Ambivalent definition and synonyms from the coursebook 601 Words You Need to Know to Pass Your Exam in real and authentic context for GRE & SAT candidates. Improve reading and listening comprehension and learn the meaning of ambivalent.

/æmˈbɪv.ə.lənt/ (adj)

Ambivalent definition

having or showing two opposing or conflicting feelings at the same time, equivocal, having mixed feelings about something, doubtful, uncertain, unsure, indecisive, irresolute, in a quandary, on the fence, blow hot and cold, undecided, hesitant


Some people are able to make decisions without being bogged down by uncertainty. They make them quickly and with minimal amounts of anxiety and fretting over whether or not they made the wrong choice in the first place. For others, everyday decisions, small or large, can cause anxiety and worry. Their ability to make any decision is stopped dead in its tracks by what is known as ambivalence. Ambivalence is what we experience when we have two opposing feelings simultaneously toward an individual, situation or object. Although all of us have experienced ambivalent feelings at some time or another, chronic feelings of ambivalence can be emotionally debilitating. Ambivalent thinking leads to avoidance, procrastination, inhibits emotional growth and maturity, and prevents us from reaching our full potential.

Source of example:


resolute, decisive

Parts of speech

Adverb: ambivalently

Noun: ambivalence

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