Ambiguous vs. Indistinct — What's the Difference?
Difference Between Ambiguous and Indistinct
Open to more than one interpretation
An ambiguous reply.
Not clearly or sharply delineated
An indistinct pattern.
Indistinct shapes in the gloom.
Doubtful or uncertain
"The theatrical status of her frequently derided but constantly revived plays remained ambiguous" (Frank Rich).
Open to multiple interpretations.
The politician was criticized for his ambiguous statements and lack of precision.
An indistinct memory.
An indistinct notion of how to proceed.
Hesitant; uncertain; not taking sides.
Difficult to understand or make out
Doubtful or uncertain, particularly in respect to signification; capable of being understood in either of two or more possible senses; equivocal; as, an ambiguous course; an ambiguous expression.
What have been thy answers? What but dark,Ambiguous, and with double sense deluding?
(of an image etc) not clearly defined or not having a sharp outline; faint or dim
Open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead;
An equivocal statement
The polling had a complex and equivocal (or ambiguous) message for potential female candidates
The officer's equivocal behavior increased the victim's uneasiness
Popularity is an equivocal crown
An equivocal response to an embarrassing question
Hazy or vague
Having more than one possible meaning;
Frustrated by ambiguous instructions, the parents were unable to assemble the toy
(of speech) difficult to understand through being muffled or slurred
Having no intrinsic or objective meaning; not organized in conventional patterns;
An ambiguous situation with no frame of reference
Not distinct or distinguishable; not separate in such a manner as to be perceptible by itself; as, the indistinct parts of a substance.
Obscure to the mind or senses; not clear; not definite; confused; imperfect; faint; as, indistinct vision; an indistinct sound; an indistinct idea or recollection.
When we come to parts too small four our senses, our ideas of these little bodies become obscure and indistinct.
Their views, indeed, are indistinct and dim.
Not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand;
Indistinct shapes in the gloom
An indistinct memory
Only indistinct notions of what to do