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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First, by being attracted to other men--a sign of femininity--they cheapen or ambiguate the masculinity and manliness of heterosexuals.
~To alter or ambiguate Western narrative and explanatory categories is the project of ethnocriticism', advises the author.
2181, 2186-87 (1996) (state can "ambiguate" the social meaning of conduct based on how it chooses to punish it).
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.