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Contradiction vs. Paradox

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The main difference between Contradiction and Paradox is that the Contradiction is a logical incompatibility between two or more propositions and Paradox is a statement that apparently contradicts itself and yet might be true

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  • Contradiction (noun)

    The act of contradicting.

    "His contradiction of the proposal was very interesting."

  • Contradiction (noun)

    A statement that contradicts itself, i.e., a statement that makes a claim that the same thing is true and that it is false at the same time and in the same senses of the terms.

    "There is a contradiction in Clarence Page's statement that a woman should have the right to choose and decide for herself whether to have an abortion, and at the same time she should not have that right."

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

  • Contradiction (noun)

    A logical inconsistency among two or more elements or propositions.

  • Contradiction (noun)

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

  • Paradox (noun)

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

    ""This sentence is false" is a paradox."

  • Paradox (noun)

    A counterintuitive conclusion or outcome.s

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

  • Paradox (noun)

    A claim that two apparently contradictory ideas are true.t

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

  • Paradox (noun)

    A thing involving contradictory yet interrelated elements that exist simultaneously and persist over time.

  • Paradox (noun)

    A person or thing having properties.t

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

  • Paradox (noun)

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

  • Paradox (noun)

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

  • Paradox (noun)

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

  • Paradox (noun)

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

  • 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.s

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Oxford Dictionary
  • 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.

  • Contradiction (noun)

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

  • 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.

Webster Dictionary
  • Contradiction (noun)

    opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas

  • Contradiction (noun)

    (logic) a statement that is necessarily false;

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

  • Contradiction (noun)

    the speech act of contradicting someone;

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

  • Paradox (noun)

    (logic) a self-contradiction;

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

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