opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas
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"
the speech act of contradicting someone
"he spoke as if he thought his claims were immune to contradiction"
The act of contradicting.
His contradiction of the proposal was very interesting.
A statement that contradicts itself.
There is a contradiction in what you say - she can't be both married and single.
a logical incompatibility among two or more elements or propositions
Marx believed that the contradictions of capitalism would lead to socialism.
A proposition that is false for all values of its variables.
Origin: From contradictio, from contradico.
an assertion of the contrary to what has been said or affirmed; denial of the truth of a statement or assertion; contrary declaration; gainsaying
direct opposition or repugnancy; inconsistency; incongruity or contrariety; one who, or that which, is inconsistent
Origin: [L. contradictio answer, objection: cf. F. 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. Two lies disputing the roadway. 2. A head-on collision in which two trains of thought telescope each other.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'contradiction' in Nouns Frequency: #2322
The numerical value of contradiction in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of contradiction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
There is a contradiction there. She can't have it both ways.
I can tell you without fear of contradiction there will be no government shutdown.
Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.
'State intelligence,' like 'military intelligence' and 'woman friend,' is a contradiction in terms.
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.
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- تنقص, تناقArabic
- противоречие, отрицаниеBulgarian
- contradiccióCatalan, Valencian
- kontradikce, spor, rozporCzech
- Widerspruch, GegensatzGerman
- αντινομία, αντίφαση, αντίκρουσηGreek
- kiistäminen, ristiriitaFinnish
- 矛盾式, 恒偽式, 矛盾Japanese
- oblocutio, obloquium, contrādictiōLatin
- противречие, противречење, контрадикцијаMacedonian
- contradicție, contrazicereRomanian
- противречност, противречјеSerbo-Croatian
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