Someone who shows ambivalence about a person or thing has conflicting feelings. If you love your mom but find her totally embarrassing you might feel ambivalent about having her give a presentation at your school.

  • Pronunciation: /æmˈbɪvələnt/
  • English Description: not sure whether you want or like something or not
  • Chinese Translation: 矛盾心理(Mao2 Dun4 Xin1 Li3)
  • Spanish Translation: Ambivalencia
  • STORY: Originally a psychological term, ambivalence was borrowed from the German word Ambivalenz, coined in 1910 by the Swiss psychologist Eugen Bleuler. The German word was formed from the Latin prefix ambi- "in two ways" plus Latin valentia "vigor, strength."


  • So wretched has Australian politics become that polls conducted by the Lowy Institute, a Sydney-based think tank, have regularly shown ambivalence towards democracy itself.BBCApr 30, 2015

  • I share your ambivalence about the proxy wars being fought by both sides around religious-freedom laws.

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