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an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context

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(130.) This effect (where banning a behavior which is socially harmful but nevertheless socially enforced in some circles, encourages dissenters by giving them the excuse of following the law) is known in norms literature as ambiguation. A popular example involves white business owners from the South who stood to gain financially from integrating their businesses, yet were prevented from doing so by pressure from other whites.
In this sense, while tying is about establishing that X is like Y, ambiguation is about establishing that X is like Y or Z.
In a country seemingly committed to simultaneously renouncing and reconstructing the memory of its segregationist past and the inextricably connected violent legacy it embodies (see the Lazarus-like resurrection of Trent Lott from segregationist pariah to sympathetic figure in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, to Senate minority whip, and the Bush administration's foolhardy attempts to reconcile with, while separating itself from, the legacy Lott has come to represent), it is not surprising to see where art, with its ambiguation and metaphor, is the best medium to consider a topic in terms of what Jacqueline Goldsby calls "cultural logic." According to Yoshinobu Hakutani, "Great social fiction can be created not so much with the artistry the writer can put into it ...
Second-generation law and economics offers some techniques for the ambiguation of social meanings and the ways in which legal actors can act as "meaning architects." (196) These tools should be employed by reformers who seek to substitute a public health response for the current public order response to issues of mental illness.