What does paradox mean?

Definitions for paradox
ˈpær əˌdɒkspara·dox

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. paradox(noun)

    (logic) a statement that contradicts itself

    "`I always lie' is a paradox because if it is true it must be false"

Wiktionary

  1. paradox(Noun)

    A self-contradictory statement, which can only be true if it is false, and vice versa.

    "This sentence is false" is a paradox.

    Etymology: From paradoxe < paradoxum, from παράδοξος.

  2. paradox(Noun)

    A counterintuitive conclusion or outcome.

    It is an interesting paradox that drinking a lot of water can often make you feel thirsty.

    Etymology: From paradoxe < paradoxum, from παράδοξος.

  3. paradox(Noun)

    A claim that two apparently contradictory ideas are true.

    Not having a fashion is a fashion; that's a paradox.

    Etymology: From paradoxe < paradoxum, from παράδοξος.

  4. paradox(Noun)

    A person or thing having contradictory properties.

    He is a paradox; you would not expect him in that political party.

    Etymology: From paradoxe < paradoxum, from παράδοξος.

  5. paradox(Noun)

    An unanswerable question or difficult puzzle, particularly one which leads to a deeper truth.

    Etymology: From paradoxe < paradoxum, from παράδοξος.

  6. paradox(Noun)

    A statement which is difficult to believe, or which goes against general belief.

    Etymology: From paradoxe < paradoxum, from παράδοξος.

  7. paradox(Noun)

    The use of counterintuitive or contradictory statements (paradoxes) in speech or writing.

    Etymology: From paradoxe < paradoxum, from παράδοξος.

  8. paradox(Noun)

    A state in which one is logically compelled to contradict oneself.

    Etymology: From paradoxe < paradoxum, from παράδοξος.

  9. paradox(Noun)

    The practice of giving instructions that are opposed to the therapist's actual intent, with the intention that the client will disobey or be unable to obey.

    Etymology: From paradoxe < paradoxum, from παράδοξος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paradox(noun)

    a tenet or proposition contrary to received opinion; an assertion or sentiment seemingly contradictory, or opposed to common sense; that which in appearance or terms is absurd, but yet may be true in fact

    Etymology: [F. paradoxe, L. paradoxum, fr. Gr. para`doxon; para` beside, beyond, contrary to + dokei^n to think, suppose, imagine. See Para-, and Dogma.]

Freebase

  1. Paradox

    A paradox is an argument that produces an inconsistency, typically within logic or common sense. Most logical paradoxes are known to be invalid arguments but are still valuable in promoting critical thinking. However, some have revealed errors in definitions assumed to be rigorous, and have caused axioms of mathematics and logic to be re-examined. Still others, such as Curry's paradox, are not yet resolved. In common usage, the word "paradox" often refers to irony or contradiction. Examples outside logic include the Grandfather paradox from physics, and the Ship of Theseus from philosophy. Paradoxes can also take the form of images or other media. For example, M.C. Escher featured perspective-based paradoxes in many of his drawings.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Paradox

    par′a-doks, n. that which is contrary to received opinion, or that which is apparently absurd but really true.—n. Par′adoxer.—adjs. Paradox′ic, -al, of the nature of a paradox: inclined to paradoxes, said of persons.—adv. Paradox′ically.—ns. Paradox′icalness; Paradox′ides, a genus of trilobites; Par′adoxist; Par′adoxy, the quality of being paradoxical.—Hydrostatic paradox (see Hydrostatics). [Through Fr. and L., from Gr. paradoxonpara, contrary to, doxa, an opinion.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Paradox

    Dilema. Your little is a lot When you give your all.

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  2. Paradox

    Good words are worth much But cost little.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of paradox in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of paradox in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of paradox in a Sentence

  1. Robert Cloninger:

    You’ve got this paradox of the people most likely to use it are the ones who are then going to be most vulnerable to its dangers.

  2. Thomas Wolfe:

    Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox here in America -- that we are fixed and certain only when we are in movement.

  3. Sorin Cerin:

    To be is the greatest paradox of life facing death.

  4. STOOLarts KONCEPT:

    Jack of all trades, master of none Jacking up WISDOM with everyone That was stolen from a little old man Because he thinks everyone's dumb. He's a Doctor and a Faith Healer He's a Teacher and a Cheater He's a PREACHER and a Sinner He's a Musician and a Politician He's a Judge with a grudge He is trying to be an Artist But nobody was pleased. Jack of all trades Speaking highly of his trades But not even a master of one. Records, showed none... A COPY and PASTE TEACHER, And a PAINTLESS PAINTER. Trying to be a motivator, But, avoids his own mirror. Advice foods and health facts, But who's overweight and fat. Words of pretense, But a bad influence. Tried to create more, But achieve worse than before. Kindness is his devotion, But it's the opposite of his actions. Love and peace as problem solutions, But shows love of gun collections. Your virtue of righteousness, Are just a paradox, it is worthless. You're no mystery, But just plain MISERY. Jack of all trades, For sure master of NONE.

  5. Helitzer:

    Good humor is a paradox. The unexpected juxtaposition of the reasonable next to the unreasonable.

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