- The state of having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone.
- Uncertainty or indecision as to which course to follow.
Late 19th century: from french ambivalence, or from german ambivalenz, from ambi- "both" + latin valentia "power".
- She felt a sense of ambivalence towards her job, loving some aspects and hating others.
- He has ambivalence about marriage and not sure if he wants to get married.
- The ambivalence of the public opinion on the issue was clear in the polls.
- The ambivalence of the government's stance on the matter was confusing.
- She had ambivalence about leaving her hometown and moving to the city.