Definitions for contradictionˌkɒn trəˈdɪk ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•tra•dic•tionˌkɒn trəˈdɪk ʃən(n.)

  1. the act of contradicting.

  2. assertion of the contrary or opposite; denial.

  3. a statement or proposition that contradicts or denies another or itself and is logically incongruous.

    Category: Philosphy

  4. direct opposition between things compared; inconsistency.

  5. a contradictory act, fact, etc.

Origin of contradiction:

1350–1400; ME (< AF) < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. contradiction(noun)

    opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas

  2. contradiction, contradiction in terms(noun)

    (logic) a statement that is necessarily false

    "the statement `he is brave and he is not brave' is a contradiction"

  3. contradiction(noun)

    the speech act of contradicting someone

    "he spoke as if he thought his claims were immune to contradiction"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. contradiction(noun)ˌkɒn trəˈdɪk ʃən

    when two statements, facts, etc. contradict each other

    the many contradictions within his statement; actions that are in contradiction to her beliefs

Wiktionary

  1. contradiction(Noun)

    The act of contradicting.

    His contradiction of the proposal was very interesting.

  2. contradiction(Noun)

    A statement that contradicts itself.

    There is a contradiction in what you say - she can't be both married and single.

  3. contradiction(Noun)

    a logical incompatibility among two or more elements or propositions

    Marx believed that the contradictions of capitalism would lead to socialism.

  4. contradiction(Noun)

    A proposition that is false for all values of its variables.

  5. Origin: From contradictio, from contradico.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contradiction(noun)

    an assertion of the contrary to what has been said or affirmed; denial of the truth of a statement or assertion; contrary declaration; gainsaying

  2. Contradiction(noun)

    direct opposition or repugnancy; inconsistency; incongruity or contrariety; one who, or that which, is inconsistent

Freebase

  1. Contradiction

    In classical logic, a contradiction consists of a logical incompatibility between two or more propositions. It occurs when the propositions, taken together, yield two conclusions which form the logical, usually opposite inversions of each other. Illustrating a general tendency in applied logic, Aristotle's law of noncontradiction states that "One cannot say of something that it is and that it is not in the same respect and at the same time." By extension, outside of classical logic, one can speak of contradictions between actions when one presumes that their motives contradict each other.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. contradiction

    1. Two lies disputing the roadway. 2. A head-on collision in which two trains of thought telescope each other.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'contradiction' in Nouns Frequency: #2322


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