Definition of Amphiboly

1. Noun. An ambiguous grammatical construction; e.g., 'they are flying planes' can mean either that someone is flying planes or that something is flying planes.

Exact synonyms: Amphibology
Generic synonyms: Ambiguity

Definition of Amphiboly

1. n. Ambiguous discourse; amphibology.

Definition of Amphiboly

1. Noun. (grammar) An ambiguous grammatical construction. ¹

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Definition of Amphiboly

1. [n -LIES]

Medical Definition of Amphiboly

1. Ambiguous discourse; amphibology. "If it oracle contrary to our interest or humor, we will create an amphiboly, a double meaning where there is none." (Whitlock) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Amphiboly

amphibole
amphibole group
amphiboles
amphibolic
amphibolic fistula
amphibolies
amphibolite
amphibolites
amphibolitic
amphibologia
amphibological
amphibologically
amphibologies
amphibology
amphibolous
amphiboly (current term)
amphibrach
amphibrachic
amphibrachs
amphicarpous
amphicelous
amphicentric
amphicheiral
amphichiral
amphichroic
amphichromatic
amphiclous
amphicome
amphicrania
amphictyonic

Literary usage of Amphiboly

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1. Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason: In Commemoration of the Centenary by Immanuel Kant (1896)
"APPENDIX OF THE amphiboly OF REFLECTIVE CONCEPTS, OWING TO THE CONFUSION OF THE EMPIRICAL WITH THE TRANSCENDENTAL USE OF THE UNDERSTANDING Reflection ..."

2. A New Logic by Charles Arthur Mercier (1912)
"The fallacy of amphiboly, or ambiguity in the construction of sentences, is rarely illustrated in text books of Logic by any other than the stale examples, ..."

3. The Metaphysic of Ethics by Immanuel Kant, John William Semple (1836)
"Of an amphiboly of the Reflex Moral Notions ; whereby Mankind is led to regard what is only a Duty towards himself, as if it were a Duty owed by him to ..."

4. An Elementary Handbook of Logic by John Joseph Toohey (1918)
"amphiboly is the fallacy arising from ambiguity in the structure of a sentence. The prophecies of the oracle of Delphi were generally couched in this ..."

5. The World's Great Classics by Timothy Dwight, Julian Hawthorne (1899)
"APPENDIX Of the Equivocal Nature or amphiboly of the Conceptions of Reflection from the Confusion of the Transcendental with the Empirical Use of the ..."

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