Definition of contradictory in English:

contradictory

Line breaks: contra|dict|ory
Pronunciation: /kɒntrəˈdɪkt(ə)ri
 
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adjective

1Mutually opposed or inconsistent: the two studies came to contradictory conclusions
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  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1Containing elements which are inconsistent: politically he exhibited contradictory behaviour
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  • 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.
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  • 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)

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A contradictory proposition.
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  • 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.

Origin

late Middle English (as a term in logic): from late Latin contradictorius, from Latin contradict- 'spoken against', from the verb contradicere (see contradict).

Derivatives

contradictorily

adverb
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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.

contradictoriness

noun
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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.

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