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The importance of a factor depends on how importance is defined. The word importance has a fuzzy nature open to different interpretations and the importance of a factor depends on how importance is defined.

In other words, importance is ...

How can I complete this sentence with one word?

Edit:

I prefer to use a neutral word without negative connotations, since I'm not against having different interpretations in this case. Rather, I mean depending on how importance is defined, we need a different method.

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    Q: What is a single word for “a word that can have different interpretations” ... A: "word".
    – GEdgar
    Oct 20, 2016 at 1:09

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weasel word


noun

a word used in order to avoid being clear or direct.
Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary.


noun

a word used in order to evade or retreat from a direct or forthright statement or position "Reorganization” is just a weasel word that the company is using to say that jobs are being eliminated.
— M-W

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  • Thanks @K1eran Does weasel word have a negative meaning?
    – MFR
    Oct 20, 2016 at 0:20
  • @MFR I can't think how it could be a compliment.
    – k1eran
    Oct 20, 2016 at 0:28
  • Thank you, Weasel word is a good option but I'm still open to other suggestions. I prefer to use a neutral word since I'm not against having different interpretations in this case. Rather, I mean depending on how importance is defined, we need a different method.
    – MFR
    Oct 20, 2016 at 0:32
  • @MFR I think you should add a edit into original question to clarify you want neutral word without negative connotations.
    – k1eran
    Oct 20, 2016 at 0:36
  • Sure, I'll do shortly. sorry for not being clear
    – MFR
    Oct 20, 2016 at 0:37
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How about ambiguous or vague?

M-W:

ambiguous: able to be understood in more than one way : having more than one possible meaning; not expressed or understood clearly

vague: not clear in meaning; stated in a way that is general and not specific

Your example:

The importance of a factor depends on how importance is defined. The word importance has a fuzzy nature open to different interpretations and the importance of a factor depends on how importance is defined.

In other words, importance is ambiguous or vague.

Other possibilities are (too) general and non-specific.

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I would say that the matter of interpreting the word in this case is subjective: it depends on your experience, understanding and feelings.

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  • Please add reference so I can up vote your answer. Oct 20, 2016 at 14:36
  • References/links seem to be expected. In any event, thanks. Oct 20, 2016 at 14:41
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Equivocality: Allowing the possibility of several different meanings, as a word or phrase, especially with intent to deceive or misguide; susceptible of double interpretation; deliberately ambiguous.

Amphiboly: Ambiguity of speech, especially from uncertainty of the grammatical construction rather than of the meaning of the words.

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