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[kon-truh-dik-shuh n]
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  1. the act of contradicting; gainsaying or opposition.
  2. assertion of the contrary or opposite; denial.
  3. a statement or proposition that contradicts or denies another or itself and is logically incongruous.
  4. direct opposition between things compared; inconsistency.
  5. a contradictory act, fact, etc.
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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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Related Words for contradictions

disagreement, discrepancy, conflict, difference, inconsistency, dispute, denial, opposite, incongruity, contravention, dissension, opposition, defiance, negation, confutation, bucking

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British Dictionary definitions for contradictions


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



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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