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ˌkɒn trəˈdɪk ʃəncon·tra·dic·tion

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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"


  1. contradiction(Noun)

    The act of contradicting.

    His contradiction of the proposal was very interesting.

    Etymology: From contradictio, from contradico.

  2. contradiction(Noun)

    A statement that contradicts itself.

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

    Etymology: From contradictio, from contradico.

  3. contradiction(Noun)

    a logical incompatibility among two or more elements or propositions

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

    Etymology: From contradictio, from contradico.

  4. contradiction(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [L. contradictio answer, objection: cf. F. contradiction.]

  2. Contradiction(noun)

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

    Etymology: [L. contradictio answer, objection: cf. F. contradiction.]


  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.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contradiction in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contradiction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of contradiction in a Sentence

  1. Gilbert Walker:

    Being Catholic and being a Santero is not a contradiction for them. It is for us, although the Santeria religion uses Christian symbols, they're empty of Christian content.

  2. Marianne Baker:

    In all my years working for Senator Vice President Biden, I never once witnessed, or heard of, or received, any reports of inappropriate conduct, period -- not from Ms. Tara Reade, not from anyone. I have absolutely no knowledge or memory of Ms. Reade's accounting of events, which would have left a searing impression on me as a woman professional, and as a manager, these clearly false allegations are in complete contradiction to both the inner workings of our Senate office and to the man I know and worked so closely with for almost two decades.

  3. Simone Weil:

    When a contradiction is impossible to resolve except by a lie, then we know that it is really a door.

  4. Josep Roig:

    Migration and mobility are often portrayed and perceived as a threat, and a burden for local communities rather than an opportunity and benefit - this is a contradiction of reality.

  5. Erich Fromm:

    Reason is man's faculty for grasping the world by thought, in contradiction to intelligence, which is man's ability to manipulate the world with the help of thought. Reason is man's instrument for arriving at the truth, intelligence is man's instrument for manipulating the world more successfully; the former is essentially human, the latter belongs to the animal part of man.

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