[ an-tin-uh-mee ]
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noun,plural an·tin·o·mies.
  1. opposition between one law, principle, rule, etc., and another.

  2. Philosophy. a contradiction between two statements, both apparently obtained by correct reasoning.

Origin of antinomy

1585–95; <Latin antinomia<Greek antinomía a contradiction between laws. See anti-, -nomy

Other words from antinomy

  • an·ti·nom·ic [an-ti-nom-ik], /ˌæn tɪˈnɒm ɪk/, an·ti·nom·i·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for antinomy


/ (ænˈtɪnəmɪ) /

nounplural -mies
  1. opposition of one law, principle, or rule to another; contradiction within a law

  2. philosophy contradiction existing between two apparently indubitable propositions; paradox

Origin of antinomy

C16: from Latin antinomia, from Greek: conflict between laws, from anti- + nomos law

Derived forms of antinomy

  • antinomic (ˌæntɪˈnɒmɪk), adjective
  • antinomically, adverb

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