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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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Thus, even if a binary schema is preferred (benign-malignant) and consequently the existence of biologically borderline lesions denied, this does not preclude the existence of a morphologically gray area containing morphologically intermediate forms.
Seaquence is an example of the creativity and innovation at the confluence of art, technology and social media," says Peter Hirshberg, chairman of Gray Area.
23) Importantly, the overriding factor in Peterson was the fact that the combination of alimony and child support encompassed 70 percent of the husband's income, but the court also focused on the fact that this gray area marriage did not justify a permanent alimony award even though the marriage was at the upper end of the gray area.
Many of the advertising ploys that are fooling consumers fall into a legal gray area and are a lot tougher to challenge in the courts.
Ratliff quietly casts shame upon the walking dead of Trinity by allowing for gray area and trusting that his audience is keen enough to know a flimflam when it sees one.
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.
In Balzac's 1831 allegory, newly translated by Richard Howard, the painter Frenhofer inhabits the gray area where inspiration and neurosis become indistinguishable.
As for the advertising issue, that is a gray area," said O'Farrell, who said that his firm has been approached by advertisers seeking "exclusives" with Colgate.
To walk through Meg Cranston's latest show, "Some Popular Subjects (teeth)," however, was to enter a gray area where "bad" teeth suddenly became "good.
Tellingly, wags portrayed both Anne Heche and Julie Cypher (exes of Ellen DeGeneres and Melissa Etheridge) as "never having really been gay at all"--rather than portraying them as having a fluid sexuality or using the word everyone chokes on: bisexual After all, whatever bisexuality may or may not be (please, hold your cards and E-mails), it is definitely a gray area Both gays and straights freak over the uncertainty of this label, and yet trying to force either of these women into a category just to ease our own angst seems ridiculous.
It often deals in the gray area, not in the pure black and white.
There's a tremendous amount of gray area over what's a kickback and what isn't,'' Bogetich said.
For the bonobo, that gray area leaves a lot of room to play.
There is still a gray area," says David Taplitz, Esq.
Finally, these works raise more questions than they answer, eliding, perhaps, the most interesting problem of all: the gray area created by translating an esthetic object into a critical treatise.