What does contradiction mean?

Definitions for contradictionˌkɒn trəˈdɪk ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word contradiction.

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.

  2. contradiction(Noun)

    A statement that contradicts itself.

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

  3. contradiction(Noun)

    a logical incompatibility among two or more elements or propositions

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

  4. contradiction(Noun)

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

  5. Origin: 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

  2. Contradiction(noun)

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

  3. Origin: [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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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Denis Villeneuve:

    In contradiction and paradox, you can find truth.

  2. Julius Henry Marx:

    Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.

  3. Kedar Joshi:

    The world is a contradiction; the universe a paradox.

  4. Daniel Garza:

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

  5. Le Pen:

    Undeniably he is in contradiction with the commitments he had made.

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