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Relating to or characterized by ambivalence.


Relating to or characterized by ambivalence.


(am-biv′ă-lĕns) [ ambi- + L. valentia, strength]
In psychology, coexistence of contradictory feelings about an object, person, or idea.
ambivalent (-lĕnt), adjective
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The proportion of women who planned to have an abortion if their test was positive was greater among those who were not planning for or were trying to avoid pregnancy (2729%) than among those who were planning for pregnancy, were trying to become pregnant or were ambivalent about pregnancy (0-2%).
99% of respondents who experience high and lowered levels of SoL have a positive attitude towards future and 1% have an ambivalent attitude.
Even as the novel focuses on the ambivalent friendship between the white Cornelia and the black Tweet, the narrator raises questions about the stereotyping in the story being told.
This study addresses the problems raised by the ambivalent comments about or portrayals of the Jews to be found in the writings of Gustav Freytag, Wilhelm Raabe, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Theodor Fontane, and the early Thomas Mann.
While Randolph has deliberately avoided a broad, overarching treatment of the political function of art and has conceived his book in the form of semiautonomous essays that examine aspects of this question, ending his book with the ambivalent Judith may not best serve his main premise.
The acting demands are very tricky: Taylor's take on God and the entire story of Biblical creation is both comical and serious, yet there's nothing ambivalent about this duality.
Despite Gilbert's careful analysis, his own normative assessment of the enabling state and its reliance on the market is ambivalent.
On the other hand, the Real Estate Board of New York's spokesman Warren Wexler, was more ambivalent about the situation.
Yet the Bush administration is ambivalent in fighting terrorism.
But it was--like life itself--an ambivalent trade, in both virtue and vice.
Entman and Rojecki's research shows that most whites are ambivalent about African Americans; they sympathize with those who suffer from discrimination, yet they are impatient with ongoing black demands for racial justice.