Definition of ambivalent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//æmˈbɪvələnt//
; NAmE NAmE//æmˈbɪvələnt//
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ambivalent (about/towards somebody/something) having or showing both good and bad feelings about somebody/something She seems to feel ambivalent about her new job. He has an ambivalent attitude towards her. Word Originearly 20th cent.: from ambivalence (from German Ambivalenz), on the pattern of equivalent.Extra examples In his latest film, he plays a sexually ambivalent bartender. The party’s position on nuclear weapons is deeply ambivalent. She feels ambivalent about her new job. She is deeply ambivalent about her feelings for him.
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