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I've always felt that it's something of a contradiction to be very or highly ambivalent. It's grammatically correct, as far as I know, but is it stylistically acceptable, or is my sense of linguistic style correct?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

Cambridge defines the adverb form thusly:

having two opposing feelings at the same time, or being uncertain about how you feel

...and highly ambivalent would mean the same, but to a greater extent. While correct, the phrase is fairly empty without something to compare it to. One could be ambivalent about [x] and highly ambivalent about [y].

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Makes sense, thanks – cori Aug 23 '10 at 13:34

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