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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Hypothesis 4(b): There will be a negative relationship between agreeableness and role ambiguity.
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2005) indicate that while the literature tends to equate intolerance for ambiguity with intolerance for uncertainty, distinction can be made between the two notions; specifically, intolerance for ambiguity relates to current circumstances or conditions as a cause of threat, while intolerance for uncertainty refers to the prospect of having a negative outcome.
Indeed, ambiguity appears very likely to be problematic if the list of possible reading difficulties is considered: sentence length and word difficulty, syntactic complexity, discourse cohesion characteristics, the number of inferences required, the number of items to remember, the complexity of ideas, rhetorical structure, and dialect (Bruce and Rubin 7-8).
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There is a growing literature investigating the effect of ambiguity aversion on asset pricing.
Recent applications of ambiguity to financial regulation and investment behavior emphasize the effect of ambiguity aversion on self-selection and market size (Easley and O'Hara 2009; Zeckhauser 2006).