[ an-tin-uh-mee ]
/ ænˈtɪn ə mi /

noun, plural an·tin·o·mies.

opposition between one law, principle, rule, etc., and another.
Philosophy. a contradiction between two statements, both apparently obtained by correct reasoning.

Nearby words

  1. antinode,
  2. antinoise,
  3. antinome,
  4. antinomian,
  5. antinomianism,
  6. antinous,
  7. antinovel,
  8. antinuclear,
  9. antinuclear antibody,
  10. antinuclear factor

Origin of antinomy

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

Related formsan·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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for antinomy


/ (ænˈtɪnəmɪ) /

noun plural -mies

opposition of one law, principle, or rule to another; contradiction within a law
philosophy contradiction existing between two apparently indubitable propositions; paradox
Derived Formsantinomic (ˌæntɪˈnɒmɪk), adjectiveantinomically, adverb

Word Origin for antinomy

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

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Word Origin and History for antinomy



1590s, "contradiction in the laws," from Latin antinomia, from Greek antinomia "ambiguity in the law," from anti- "against" (see anti-) + nomos "law" (see numismatics). As a term in logic, from 1802 (Kant).

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