In particular, an event or situation that will be interpreted differently by people with different biases/experiences/etc.?

"Clinton's election loss was a [???] for the Democrats; to some, it meant that the party needed to move left, while others thought it meant the far left should compromise."

(No actual political commentary intended.)

  • relative.
    – Dan Bron
    Jun 29, 2017 at 23:09
  • Just about anything can / will be. 'Open to interpretation' is in the right ballpark. Jun 29, 2017 at 23:55
  • contextual, where the difference in the context is the observing/interpreting party.
    – Drew
    Jun 30, 2017 at 1:59
  • In your sentence, perhaps "conundrum" would fit. See MW for synonyms and related words.
    – Xanne
    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:07
  • A talking-point? Jun 30, 2017 at 18:13

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Might I also suggest the word **perspective*

Ex. Each approached the debate with a different perspective.

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