- 1A 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 onceMore example sentences
- It sounds like a paradox - Paris has almost three times as much rain as London but London is much rainier than Paris.
- These rationalizations are resorted to by true believers, to maintain their belief despite the failures and paradoxes that they constantly encounter.
- We don't like the apparently irreconcilable paradoxes adults have to deal with, and we want a nice, simple system of reward and punishment.
- 1.1A statement or proposition which, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems logically unacceptable or self-contradictory: the liar paradox [mass noun]: Parmenides was the original advocate of the philosophical power of paradoxMore example sentences
- Disjunctions or conditionals featured as premises in many of the logical paradoxes and sophisms which members of the Dialectical school discussed.
- Less is known about the Megarian logicians, but they seem to have been particularly interested in conditionals, and also in logical paradoxes.
- Therefore, in order to counter concerns raised by the discovery of the logical and set-theoretic paradoxes, a new approach was needed to justify modern mathematical methods.
- 1.2A person or thing that combines contradictory features or qualities: cathedrals face the paradox of having enormous wealth in treasures but huge annual expensesMore example sentences
- Havana is a city of architectural ironies and paradoxes, of harmony and dissonance.
- Brunel is a fascinating paradox: an artist and engineer who was rooted in the old world but imagined and helped to create the new.
- He's a paradox in some ways. There is an air of indifference, but he really does care.
mid 16th century (originally denoting a statement contrary to accepted opinion): via late Latin from Greek paradoxon 'contrary (opinion)', neuter adjective used as a noun, from para- 'distinct from' + doxa 'opinion'.