Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[par-uh-dok-si-kuh l] /ˌpær əˈdɒk sɪ kəl/
having the nature of a paradox; self-contradictory.
Medicine/Medical. not being the normal or usual kind:
Stimulants are a paradoxical, albeit effective, medication used for certain forms of hyperactivity.
Sometimes, paradoxal.
Origin of paradoxical
Related forms
paradoxically, adverb
paradoxicalness, paradoxicality, noun
nonparadoxical, adjective
nonparadoxically, adverb
nonparadoxicalness, noun
ultraparadoxical, adjective
ultraparadoxically, adverb
unparadoxal, adjective
unparadoxical, adjective
unparadoxically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for paradoxical
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The reason starts at it, but all religion is paradoxical to reason.


    James Anthony Froude
  • The form of the argument may be paradoxical; the substance is an appeal to the higher reason.

    Gorgias Plato
  • A tendency to a paradoxical manner of statement is also observable.

    Laws Plato
  • Our own experiences of our own day show that these are no paradoxical speculations.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • His Unity was steadily disintegrating into a paradoxical Trinity.

    The Necessity of Atheism Dr. D.M. Brooks
Word Origin and History for paradoxical

1580s, from paradox + -ical. Competing forms were paradoxal (1560s), paradoxial (1620s), but they survive in niches, if at all. Related: Paradoxically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for paradoxical

Word Value for paradoxical

Scrabble Words With Friends