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 Origin early 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.