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grey area

A concept or topic that is not clearly defined or that exists somewhere between two extreme positions. Primarily heard in Australia. There's a large grey area regarding whether the use of the new surveillance technology is lawful.
See also: area, grey

(a) gray area

Fig. an area of a subject or question that is difficult to put into a particular category because it is not clearly defined and may have connections or associations with more than one category. The responsibility for social studies in the college is a gray area. Several departments are involved. Publicity is a gray area in that firm. It is shared between the marketing and design divisions.
See also: area, gray

gray area

Indeterminate territory, undefined position, neither here nor there. For example, There's a large gray area between what is legal and what is not. This term, which uses gray in the sense of "neither black nor white" (or halfway between the two), dates only from the mid-1900s.
See also: area, gray
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Financial executives wishing to clarify the gray areas for themselves and build organizations that empower their employees to do the same will do well to identify the kinds of ethical transgressions that may surface in their companies.
With different fact situations, other courts have found the length of the marriage persuasive when awarding permanent alimony in gray area marriages.
The firm nevertheless took a chance by venturing into a gray area. The chance it took was that a trier of fact, thoughtfully reviewing all the evidence, would reasonably conclude that it had a conflict."
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Some people were "taking advantage of the gray area" that existed before the notice declared it a taxable event.
His was a "gray area," I said, which is why we warned him and didn't just send a packet of documents and a copy of his sermon on video to the IRS.
Paull Mines, general counsel of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC), told the Journal that on-line services may fall into a gray area between the two guidelines, but "there are strong reasons to conclude that states have a clear nexus with on-line services.
The question of which federal agency has jurisdiction over an individual genetically engineered product or process is yet another gray area. In a continuing effort to address these questions, NIH's Recombinant DNa Advisory Committee met this week to refine some of its guidelines.
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This is to do away with a legal 'gray area' that is being exploited by violators, according to MMDA general manager Tim Orbos.
That to me was the most fascinating aspect of the story." In building and defining one's family, he adds, "there's a lot of gray area there, and it's got to be complicated for everybody."
He calls the pension plan situation a "gray area" that offers a lot of opportunity to convene the affected parties and brainstorm about how plans could be restructured.
For these owners, the short-term solution is becoming optimum maintenance, the definition of which often falls into a gray area of the difference between repair work, which is included the maintenance fee, and renovation, which is not.