"a gray area"
a situation in which the rules are not clear, or in which you are not sure what is right or wrong
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Two colleagues are talking ...
Colleague 1: We are having some trouble with government licensing for our new software app.
Colleague 2: What's the problem?
Colleague 1: The government can't seem to decide if the app turns people's smartphones into medical devices.
Colleague 2: And if it ends up being a medical device, what then?
Colleague 1: It is a bit of a gray area as to whether the app is licensed as a medical device or just a regular app.
Colleague 2: So, what is the plan?
Colleague 1: The general consensus is that we will go ahead and sell the app and deal with the consequences later, if a decision is ever made regarding use and intent and the legal ramifications involved.
Two friends are talking ...
Friend 1: Do you think that telling a small lie to protect someone's feelings shows poor morals?
Friend 2: That is definitely a gray area.
Friend 1: But it must be OK to protect a person's feelings, right?
Friend 2: Maybe. But it is still a lie and a lie is immoral.
Friend 1: I see. There really is no clear answer.
There is no gerund form for a gray area.
1) ... see audit firms going outside of their traditional mandate and there is enough of a gray area to allow these companies to continue providing consulting services without breaking any laws.
2) As a clinician that's all I ever wanted - that there wasn't a gray area where there's indecision and difficulty for families.
3) There is no space for a gray area. There is no room for reasonable doubt.
4) There is a gray area at this moment. Players are slightly confused at this point.
5) ... to make chemo an option, but small enough to land it squarely in a gray area -- with no clear choice of treatment.
6) The post was neither entirely true nor completely false. It fell into a gray area in the nuanced world of fact-checking, highlighting the thorny challenge of ...
7) Rickshaws are a gray area because they fall between a pedal cycle and an MPV (mechanically propelled vehicle ...
8) Similar to protesting, smoking weed in public falls under a gray area and is not under all circumstances considered to be a criminal act in Ontario.
9) While my mixed heritage may have created a gray area surrounding my self-identification, keeping me with a foot on both sides of the ...
10) Quite a lot of this is not black and white, it is a gray area. No country has ever left the EU.
11) Legally, this can be a bit of a gray area and would be settled on a case by case basis.
12) Having covered five general elections, one comes to realise that there is a gray area when it comes to proper conduct involving money by political hopefuls and the parties.
13) But there is a gray area: having a suspicion and having proof are two very different things, and ...
14) People aren't breaking the law by selling it, but it is a gray area which needs stricter legislation.
15) Legal experts said the transfer of goods to Crimea may fall in a gray area of the sanctions regime because the relationship between parent companies and sub-contractors is often ...
16) But the vagaries of the law leave agencies and surrogates operating in a gray area.
17) This is a bit of a gray area since the matter of interconnection is subject to commercial agreements between the two parties.
18) ... a lot of what they did was not illegal - it was kind of a gray area in the law, they kind of exploited something that was already there.
19) The Canadian Taxpayers Federation calls election expenses a gray area and said candidates should bill only for costs directly related to their campaigns.
20) However, apps that essentially allow a smartphone to become a medical device present a gray area.