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ambivalence

Pronunciation: am-biv′ă-lens

Definition: The coexistence of antithetical attitudes or emotions toward a given person or thing, or idea, as in the simultaneous feeling and expression of love and hate toward the same person.

See: approach-avoidance conflict

[ambi- + L. valentia, strength]

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