ambivalence

Definition of ambivalence

n.1.mixed feelings or emotions; uncertainty or vacillation in making a choice.
2.(Psychol.) the simultaneous existence within a person of both positive and negative feelings toward another person or action, or toward an object (as of attraction and revulsion), resulting in internal conflict.

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