polysemy

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Synonyms for polysemy

the ambiguity of an individual word or phrase that can be used (in different contexts) to express two or more different meanings

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Here the word "good" becomes a polyseme containing both the monster's intention of devouring the mouse and the mouse's attempt to survive.
From this perspective, the individualistic values in the source text are accentuated by the mouse's quick thinking, which enables it to use the adjective "good" as a clever polyseme.
The instrumental or contextual theory of meaning if pushed to its limit would construe every word, if not as a homonym, at least as a polyseme.
To some extent the resolution of homonyms and polysemes can be effected in the vocabulary of a retrieval language by the use of parenthetical qualifiers.