Am I ambitious or not ambitious?


Hi everybody!

Having checked through the dictionaries for the meaning of “anything but”, I find it somewhat odd that the phrase has apparently double-edged (positive and negative) meanings in the phrase of “not at all or in any respect” as per the attached;

Believe “not at all” means “not” as per

Does “in any respect” have meaning of “not”? It sounds like positive for me.

If I say quote:
I am anything but ambitious for a promotion.

Am I ambitious or not ambitious for a promotion?
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    American English
    To me it means you're not actively seeking a promotion. For what it's worth, I use ambitious by itself, not in the sense of "ambitious for something."