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Definitions for contradiction
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.

  2. contradictionnoun

    A statement that contradicts itself.

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

  3. contradictionnoun

    a logical incompatibility among two or more elements or propositions

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

  4. contradictionnoun

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

  5. Etymology: From contradictio, from contradico.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Contradictionnoun

    Etymology: from contradict.

    That tongue,
    Inspir’d with contradiction, durst oppose
    A third part of the gods. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vi.

    Consider him that endureth such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied. Heb. xii. 3.

    The apostle’s advice to be angry and sin not, was a contradiction in their philosophy. Robert South, Sermons.

    If truth be once perceived, we do thereby also perceive whatsoever is false in contradiction to it. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol. b. ii.

    All contradictions grow in those minds, which neither absolutely climb the rock of virtue, nor freely sink into the sea of vanity. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Laws human must be made without contradiction unto any positive law in scripture. Richard Hooker, b. iii. s. 9.

    Can he make deathless death? That were
    Strange contradiction, which to God himself
    Impossible is held; as argument
    Of weakness, not of pow’r. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x.


  1. Contradiction

    In traditional logic, a contradiction occurs when a proposition conflicts either with itself or established fact. It is often used as a tool to detect disingenuous beliefs and bias. Illustrating a general tendency in applied logic, Aristotle's law of noncontradiction states that "It is impossible that the same thing can at the same time both belong and not belong to the same object and in the same respect."In modern formal logic and type theory, the term is mainly used instead for a single proposition, often denoted by the falsum symbol ⊥ {\displaystyle \bot } ; a proposition is a contradiction if false can be derived from it, using the rules of the logic. It is a proposition that is unconditionally false (i.e., a self-contradictory proposition). This can be generalized to a collection of propositions, which is then said to "contain" a contradiction.


  1. contradiction

    A contradiction refers to a combination of statements, propositions, ideas, or actions that are opposed to one another and can't all be true simultaneously. It often refers to a situation where one fact makes another impossible or something goes against established facts or truths. They are considered inconsistent or conflicting, and in logic, contradicting statements cannot both be true in the same sense at the same time.

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

  2. Contradictionnoun

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

  3. 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. Councilman Gregory Carroll:

    I was not made aware of this decision beforehand and it is in direct contradiction of what I stand for and what the city of Kenner should stand for, i am 100 % AGAINST this decision. I will meet with Ben Zahn and other council members in an effort to rescind this directive. I will keep the citizens of Kenner, and the Greater New Orleans area informed as we move forward.

  2. Thomas Babington Macaulay:

    There is surely no contradiction in saying that a certain section of the community may be quite competent to protect the persons and property of the rest, yet quite unfit to direct our opinions, or to superintend our private habits.

  3. The US:

    New York.Their parents may not even see a contradiction, new York.Their parents believe that there's this competition between the The US and Russia, but why should that affect New York.Their parents daughter's educational plans ? Or where they have their chateaus ?

  4. Daniel Garza:

    There is a contradiction there. She can't have it both ways.

  5. Oscar Auliq-Ice:

    There is always a contradiction between religion and common sense.

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