- 1Mutually opposed or inconsistent: the two studies came to contradictory conclusionsMore example sentences
- As a skilled political counsellor More had to display his rhetorical skills in justifying often mutually incompatible or contradictory statements and beliefs in the service of the state.
- These studies lead to different, and often contradictory, conclusions.
- Secular culture so often teaches us that religion and science are mutually exclusive, even contradictory, forces.
- 1.1Containing elements which are inconsistent: politically he exhibited contradictory behaviourMore example sentences
- This contradictory behaviour is due to its own economic myths.
- According to John Stirton, research into the influence of polls on electoral behaviour is contradictory.
- It would be undesirable if the general law and regulatory law - which in some respects is more lenient - demanded contradictory behaviour of the one bank.
- 1.2 Logic (Of two propositions) so related that one and only one must be true. Compare with contrary.More example sentences
- For any pair of contradictory premises, one must be true and the other false.
- Propositions are contradictory when the truth of one implies the falsity of the other, and conversely.
- In each case, the judge must decide which of the possibly contradictory principles is the most important.
noun (plural contradictories)Logic Back to top
- A contradictory proposition.More example sentences
- He entitles this kind of opposition dialectical, and that of contradictories analytical.
- Self and not-self, subject and object, are not contradictories, but dialectical polarities.
- God can make either of them true, but he can't make both of them true, since they are contradictories.
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- ‘They are and they aren't,’ he says, contradictorily.
- They also contend, somewhat contradictorily, that figures showing ever higher awards are based on sketchy and unreliable information.
- Expertise is needed, yet there is, contradictorily, a straightforwardness to the task of travelling at speed.
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- We can get at some of this contradictoriness through one of his many remarks on sexual attraction.
- In this article, the author seeks to refute this principle and show its inherent contradictoriness.
- One aim is to introduce students to genuine historical complexity and the contradictoriness of the woman writer's position then and now.
late Middle English (as a term in logic): from late Latin contradictorius, from Latin contradict- 'spoken against', from the verb contradicere (see contradict).