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[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
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  • So somebody has paradoxically defined it “a little big lake.”

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • But the atmosphere seemed, paradoxically enough, a handicap.

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    Ben Hecht
  • "Well, you wouldn't if it hadn't happened to be you," said Ella paradoxically.

    The Coast of Chance Esther Chamberlain
  • paradoxically, artificial intelligence is, in part, doing exactly this.

  • There was no jubilation in his tone, but paradoxically a note of defeat.

    The Fifth Ace

    Douglas Grant
Word Origin and History for paradoxically



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

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