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    ambiguity or ambiguousness

    What's the difference between these two nouns? Do they mean the same?

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    Re: ambiguity or ambiguousness

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    What's the difference between these two nouns? Do they mean the same?
    Until I saw your post I had never seen "ambiguousness", it seems to be exclusively American and means the same as "ambiguity".

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    Re: ambiguity or ambiguousness

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Until I saw your post I had never seen "ambiguousness", it seems to be exclusively American and means the same as "ambiguity".
    I haven't heard it either. I looked it up in a Webster's dictionary. I wonder if it's countable?

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    Re: ambiguity or ambiguousness

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I haven't heard it either. I looked it up in a Webster's dictionary. I wonder if it's countable?
    If it is, it would be a crime against humanity to use it in the plural.

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    PS I use both, but I'm not a typical British Eng speaker (having spent nearly half my life in an American corporation). For me, amibuity is a quality [quite abstract] and ambiguousness is more concrete. But the distinction - if there is one - is not clear, and I can't think of a clear example
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    Re: ambiguity or ambiguousness

    I do the same and never worked for an American corporation.

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