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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 the meantime, Article 14 of the ILO Domestic Workers Convention is not without ambiguousness itself as it requires states to "ensure that domestic workers enjoy conditions that are not less favourable than those applicable to workers generally in respect of social security protection", although measures to that end may be "applied progressively" and "with due regard for the specific characteristics of domestic work".
It is this ambiguousness that Shatz endeavors to conserve and to communicate throughout his writing, the complexity inherent in the attempt of an original Jewish thinker to serve at the same time as an academic researcher of Jewish philosophy.
It is because of this conscious strategy of ambiguousness that this is a dirty war.
Similar elements have also been brought to Venoistodus balticus by Lofgren (2006); however, see Mellgren & Eriksson (2010) for a brief discussion on the ambiguousness concerning this taxon.
It is this bewildering ambiguousness of life Desai's weltanschauung weaves and the signifying code suggests the same.
The fourth dimension--organizational--has been defined in relation to three components: job ambiguousness, job conflict, and perceived job expectations and professional responsibility (Bargal & Guterman, 1996).
Zvi Yechezkeli from Channel Ten described it as "the end of the era of Iranian ambiguousness", but failed, of course, to remark that Israel's own ambiguity regarding its nuclear capacities continues unhindered; Roni Daniel from Channel Two declared that "we are relieved" by the report, suggesting that Israel's claims have now been corroborated and that the report can serve to justify both the imposition of harsher sanctions against Iran and even an attack.
The grandfather too comes to a violent end, though his death is riddled with ambiguities akin to the ambiguousness of the Promethean gift of fire.
Burris likes that ambiguousness. Of "The Hanging Tree" he said, "You may or may not see it, but it's a mother and daughter picnicking beneath the tree and there's still a sense of some kind of tension going on.
This ambiguousness is a common feature of such writings, nowhere more so than in the following, taken from Deborah Rose's book Nourishing Terrains: Country in Aboriginal English is not only a common noun but also a proper noun.
337) similarly illustrates the ambiguousness inherent to examinations of objective versus subjective opportunities.
For, although not unaffected by the consequences of his own and others' sins, there yet remain vents of freedom through which it is possible for him to transcend the moral ambiguousness of human existence, to the extent of being able to hear and accept the summons to reenact our Lord's Passion.