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Dichotomy vs. Paradox

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The main difference between Dichotomy and Paradox is that the Dichotomy is a splitting of a whole into exactly two non-overlapping parts; dyadic relations and processes and Paradox is a statement that apparently contradicts itself and yet might be true

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  • Dichotomy (noun)

    A separation or division into two; a distinction that results in such a division.

  • Dichotomy (noun)

    Such a division involving apparently incompatible or opposite principles; a duality.

  • Dichotomy (noun)

    The division of a class into two disjoint subclasses that are together comprehensive, as the division of man into white and not white.

  • Dichotomy (noun)

    The division of a genus into two species; a division into two subordinate parts.

  • Dichotomy (noun)

    A phase of the moon when it appears half lit and half dark, as at the quadratures.

  • Dichotomy (noun)

    Division and subdivision; bifurcation, as of a stem of a plant or a vein of the body into two parts as it proceeds from its origin; often successive.

  • 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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  • Dichotomy (noun)

    a division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different

    "a rigid dichotomy between science and mysticism"

  • Dichotomy (noun)

    repeated branching into two equal parts.

  • Paradox (noun)

    a seemingly absurd or contradictory statement or proposition which when investigated may prove to be well founded or true

    "the uncertainty principle leads to all sorts of paradoxes, like the particles being in two places at once"

  • Paradox (noun)

    a statement or proposition which, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems logically unacceptable or self-contradictory

    "Parmenides was the original advocate of the philosophical power of paradox"

    "the liar paradox"

  • Paradox (noun)

    a person or thing that combines contradictory features or qualities

    "cathedrals face the paradox of having enormous wealth in treasures but huge annual expenses"

Oxford Dictionary
  • Dichotomy (noun)

    A cutting in two; a division.

  • Dichotomy (noun)

    Division or distribution of genera into two species; division into two subordinate parts.

  • Dichotomy (noun)

    That phase of the moon in which it appears bisected, or shows only half its disk, as at the quadratures.

  • Dichotomy (noun)

    Successive division and subdivision, as of a stem of a plant or a vein of the body, into two parts as it proceeds from its origin; successive bifurcation.

  • Dichotomy (noun)

    The place where a stem or vein is forked.

  • Dichotomy (noun)

    Division into two; especially, the division of a class into two subclasses opposed to each other by contradiction, as the division of the term man into white and not white.

  • 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
  • Dichotomy (noun)

    being twofold; a classification into two opposed parts or subclasses;

    "the dichotomy between eastern and western culture"

  • Paradox (noun)

    (logic) a self-contradiction;

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

Princeton's WordNet

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