Ambiguitas Latens is a Latin term. It means latent ambiguity. It derives from the Latin term ‘ambiguitas,’ meaning ‘ambiguity,’ and ‘latere,’ meaning ‘to be concealed.’
Ambiguitas latens does not appear on instant inspection. It is a hidden ambiguity that appears only in the light of knowledge gained from a collateral matter. Extrinsic proof can be used to clarify latent ambiguities.
Ambiguitas latens is different from ambiguitas patents, an ambiguity that readily appears on the face of a document or instrument.