contradiction

[ kon-truh-dik-shuh n ]
/ ˌkɒn trəˈdɪk ʃən /

noun

the act of contradicting; gainsaying or opposition.
assertion of the contrary or opposite; denial.
a statement or proposition that contradicts or denies another or itself and is logically incongruous.
direct opposition between things compared; inconsistency.
a contradictory act, fact, etc.

Nearby words

  1. contractual psychiatry,
  2. contracture,
  3. contracyclical,
  4. contradance,
  5. contradict,
  6. contradiction in terms,
  7. contradictious,
  8. contradictive,
  9. contradictory,
  10. contradistinction

Origin of contradiction

1350–1400; Middle English contradiccioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin contrādictiōn- (stem of contrādictiō). See contradict, -ion

Related formsin·ter·con·tra·dic·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for contradiction

contradiction

/ (ˌkɒntrəˈdɪkʃən) /

noun

the act of going against; opposition; denial
a declaration of the opposite or contrary
a statement that is at variance with itself (often in the phrase a contradiction in terms)
conflict or inconsistency, as between events, qualities, etc
a person or thing containing conflicting qualities
logic a statement that is false under all circumstances; necessary falsehood
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Word Origin and History for contradiction

contradiction

n.

late 14c., from Old French contradiction or directly from Latin contradictionem (nominative contradictio) "a reply, objection, counterargument," noun of action from past participle stem of contradicere, in classical Latin contra dicere "to speak against," from contra "against" (see contra) + dicere "to speak" (see diction).

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