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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.
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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
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Related Words for antinomy

action, hostility, resistance, struggle, violation, antithesis, competition, counteraction, defense, brush, clash, combat, contest, engagement, disapproval, grapple, encounter, contrariety, war, conflict

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Historical Examples of antinomy

  • But the antinomy is so familiar as to be scarcely observed by us.



  • The antinomy will be resolved in the latter part of the chapter.

  • The reader will observe in this antinomy a very remarkable contrast.

  • Besides, we have already discussed this subject in the antinomy of pure reason.

  • Hence it is exposed to no danger of an antinomy of its own or to a conflict of its principles.

British Dictionary definitions for antinomy


noun plural -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
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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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