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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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In any event, the divine creator-being he hypothesizes is singularly unattractive: unknowable, remote, ambiguous, and completely mysterious as to both her, his, or its actions and nature.
10) As a practical matter, however, law enforcement agencies would be wise to continue a policy of encouraging interrogators to ask clarifying questions when a suspect in custody makes an ambiguous request for counsel.
Exposure to the smell of fear biased women toward interpreting facial expressions as more fearful, but only when the expressions were ambiguous.
Hofmann gets carried away by the fact that "sueno" is ambiguous as between "dream" and "sleep" in Spanish, but the crepuscularity of the world of the Caprichos symbolizes the ambiguity.
Some Burbank officials have filed a taxpayer-funded lawsuit challenging the ROAR law, saying it's ambiguous and unconstitutional.
Without question, Boccaccio's greatest contribution to European culture -- the textualization of Dante's Fortuna in a far more ambiguous and plural setting -- acts as cultural and textual matrix for A Mirror for Magistrates.
Calling it at once narrow and ambiguous, TEI urged that the exception be clarified by defining the terms and providing a procedure to permit taxpayers to apply for relief.
Ari Armstrong, a researcher with the Golden, Colorado--based Independence Institute, has faulted Colorado's school board for approving ambiguous and muddleheaded math materials and tests.
We graduates of the class of 73 were not the children of the serene and prosperous '50s, nor of the idealistic and revolutionary '60s; no, we were to come of age in the riven and ambiguous '70s.
That's why what we continue to hear from the president--and he from his advisers--is but the hackneyed linguistic residue of the Cold War: national security, national interests, deterrence, military readiness, and other empty or ambiguous codewords of pseudosophistication whose ostensible timelessness has lost its timeliness.
In interpreting an agreement which contains an ambiguous provision, the courts have always followed the common sense doctrine that the provision is strictly construed against the drafter of the agreement.
Ambiguous Icons explores the relationship between information and meaning in the context of reduced or compressed levels of information.