Related Overviews



Immanuel Kant (1724—1804) German philosopher


More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Psychology


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

Ambiguity arising from alternative ways of parsing a sentence or interpreting its structure. For example, a sentence such as Ann is married, and Bob is single, or Charles is divorced may mean that Ann is married and either Bob is single or Charles is divorced; or it may mean that either both Ann is married and Bob is single, or else Charles is divorced. Amphiboly cannot arise in formal logic, a provable result that is sometimes called ‘unique readability’. Also called amphibology. amphibolies or amphibologies pl. amphibolic, amphibological, or amphibolous adj. [From Greek amphibolos ambiguous, from amphi both ways + ballein to throw]

Subjects: Psychology.

Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.