Definitions for contradictoryˌkɒn trəˈdɪk tə ri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•tra•dic•to•ryˌkɒn trəˈdɪk tə ri(adj.; n.)(pl.)-ries.

  1. (adj.)involving contradiction; inconsistent:

    contradictory statements.

  2. tending or inclined to contradict.

  3. (n.)Logic. a proposition so related to a second that it is impossible for both to be true or both to be false.

    Category: Philosphy

Origin of contradictory:

1350–1400; ME < LL


Princeton's WordNet

  1. contradictory(adj)

    two propositions are contradictories if both cannot be true (or both cannot be false) at the same time

  2. contradictory(adj)

    of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true and both cannot be false

    "`perfect' and `imperfect' are contradictory terms"

  3. confounding, contradictory(adj)

    that confounds or contradicts or confuses

  4. at odds(p), conflicting, contradictory, self-contradictory(adj)

    in disagreement

    "the figures are at odds with our findings"; "contradictory attributes of unjust justice and loving vindictiveness"- John Morley

  5. contradictory, mutually exclusive(adj)

    unable to be both true at the same time

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. contradictory(adjective)ˌkɒn trəˈdɪk tə ri

    containing or showing contradictions

    contradictory claims/notions


  1. contradictory(Noun)

    Any of a pair of propositions, that cannot both be true or both be false.

  2. contradictory(Adjective)

    That contradicts something, such as an argument.

  3. contradictory(Adjective)

    That is itself a contradiction.

  4. contradictory(Adjective)

    That is diametrically opposed to something.

  5. contradictory(Adjective)

    Mutually exclusive.

  6. contradictory(Adjective)

    Tending to contradict or oppose, contrarious

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contradictory(adj)

    affirming the contrary; implying a denial of what has been asserted; also, mutually contradicting; inconsistent

  2. Contradictory(adj)

    opposing or opposed; repugnant

  3. Contradictory(noun)

    a proposition or thing which denies or opposes another; contrariety

  4. Contradictory(noun)

    propositions with the same terms, but opposed to each other both in quality and quantity

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