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ˌkɒn trəˈdɪk ʃəncon·tra·dic·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contradictionnoun

    opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas

  2. contradiction, contradiction in termsnoun

    (logic) a statement that is necessarily false

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

  3. contradictionnoun

    the speech act of contradicting someone

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


  1. contradictionnoun

    The act of contradicting.

    His contradiction of the proposal was very interesting.

    Etymology: From contradictio, from contradico.

  2. contradictionnoun

    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. contradictionnoun

    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. contradictionnoun

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

    Etymology: From contradictio, from contradico.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contradictionnoun

    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. Contradictionnoun

    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. Chuck Grassley:

    So too does the Committee’s interest in learning the FBI agents ’ actual assessments of their interview of Lt. Gen. Flynn, particularly given the apparent contradiction between what then-Directory Comey told us in March 2017 and what he now claims.

  2. Heiko Maas:

    Europe has proved to the world that multilateralism and sovereignty are not a contradiction in terms, on the contrary, in a world faced with immense global problems, we can only safeguard sovereignty if we work together.

  3. Richard Dennis:

    With regards to international exposure, it's a positive but that may be where the positives end, with Facebook one of the biggest hoarders of personal data on the planet, there's a complete contradiction of what cryptocurrencies are meant to be — no one entity should hold the power, the data or most importantly control user funds.

  4. James Thurber:

    Philosophy offers the rather cold consolation that perhaps we and our planet do not actually exist; religion presents the contradictory and scarcely more comforting thought that we exist but that we cannot hope to get anywhere until we cease to exist. Alcohol, in attempting to resolve the contradiction, produces vivid patterns of Truth which vanish like snow in the morning sun and cannot be recalled; the revelations of poetry are as wonderful as a comet in the skies -- and as mysterious. Love, which was once believed to contain the Answer, we now know to be nothing more than an inherited behavior pattern.

  5. Colin Campbell:

    Nothing is more important than ensuring the integrity of our game, tim Peel’s conduct is in direct contradiction to the adherence to that cornerstone principle that we demand of our officials and that our fans, players, coaches and all those associated with our game expect and deserve.

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