Definition of paradoxical in English:


Line breaks: para|dox¦ical
Pronunciation: /ˌparəˈdɒksɪk(ə)l


  • Seemingly absurd or self-contradictory: by glorifying the acts of violence they achieve the paradoxical effect of making them trivial
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    • Both appear to have a paradoxical effect of either increasing or decreasing the stress response.
    • It would be paradoxical to advocate an inquiry into inquiries, but we can begin to see criteria that will make them more likely to succeed.
    • It is also about the paradoxical tension between human freedom and divine providence.
    contradictory, self-contradictory, inconsistent, incongruous, anomalous, conflicting; improbable, impossible, odd, illogical, confusing, absurd, puzzling, baffling, bewildering, incomprehensible, inexplicable
    rare oxymoronic



Pronunciation: /ˌparəˈdɒksɪkli/
[sentence adverb]: paradoxically, the more fuel a star starts off with, the sooner it runs out
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  • Uniforms, paradoxically, can allow for a greater sense of true personal uniqueness.
  • The French, paradoxically, like to feel like included outsiders.
  • But as the lifespan of the average person grows longer, paradoxically the age at which people are retiring is falling.

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