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Princeton's WordNet

  1. paradoxical, self-contradictoryadjective

    seemingly contradictory but nonetheless possibly true

    "it is paradoxical that standing is more tiring than walking"


  1. paradoxicaladjective

    Having self-contradictory properties.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Paradoxicaladjective

    Etymology: from paradox.

    What hath been every where opinioned by all men, is more than paradoxical to dispute. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Strange it is, how the curiosity of men, that have been active in the instruction of beasts, among those many paradoxical and unheard-of imitations, should not attempt to make one speak. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    These will seem strange and paradoxical to one that takes a prospect of the world. John Norris.


  1. paradoxical

    Paradoxical refers to something that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality, may express a possible truth. It could be a statement, situation, or concept that defies intuition or conventional wisdom, often leading to a surprising or unexpected conclusion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paradoxicaladjective

    of the nature of a paradox

  2. Paradoxicaladjective

    inclined to paradoxes, or to tenets or notions contrary to received opinions

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of paradoxical in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of paradoxical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of paradoxical in a Sentence

  1. Erik Pevernagie:

    When one has ended up in a frustrating situation, trapped by paradoxical rules and lost in unsolvable logic puzzles, time comes to break free from a corporeal prison and head for new horizons. ( "Corporeal prison" )

  2. William Paul:

    I call it paradoxical, to put it gently, that the pope said that, when he lives behind walls that are about 40 feet high and 40 feet across, that comment hurt his credibility with my parishioners.

  3. Bertrand Russell:

    The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.

  4. Arnold J. Toynbee:

    It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.

  5. Bruno Valentini:

    It's paradoxical that after Brexit, Europe's banking authorities are effectively helping destabilize the market by opposing Italy's attempt to strengthen the financial system and safeguard its customers.

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