Ambiguity

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Ambiguity

Unclear language in a contract. In the event of a dispute over ambiguous language, a court usually sides with the party, if it exists, that possesses less knowledge or experience in how contracts are constructed. The thinking behind this is that the more experienced party ought to know better than to put ambiguous language in a contract. See also: Ambiguous statement.
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But what is missing in Justice Scalia's critique are the important nuances and subtleties that shape these contemporary sex wars, that make them so fascinating and so unpredictable--and that both resignify and ambiguate the purported gay victory in Lawrence.
Ironically, that rhetorical move would further ambiguate the conception of harm.
The cramped hand is both a sign of the human will to power as well as a painful reminder of the limits of that power; the hand's otherness--that is, its manifestation as something separate from Santiago's will--is ethically productive precisely because it ambiguates the terms of Santiago's mastery over nature.
Disproportionate focus on the informative aspect of a communication--whether in amount, efficiency, or kind of information exchanged--attenuates and ambiguates the relational context presupposed by the communication.