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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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Findings of the research indicated that there is a positive and significant relationship between safe attachment styles and ambivalent attachment styles with the marital satisfaction.
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Only 62% of women who were identified as ambivalent by the single-item measure were considered to be ambivalent about pregnancy by the pLMUP; 21% were classified by the pLMUP as not planning for pregnancy, and 17% as planning for pregnancy.
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.
Although somewhat underestimating the extent that some feminist scholars have recognized the ambivalent meanings inherent in Judith, Randolph provides a detailed discussion of the multiple and shifting meanings of the subject.
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.
Are the American people ambivalent about the beneficial effects of religion?
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.