asserting the contrary or opposite; contradicting; inconsistent; logically opposite: contradictory statements.
tending or inclined to contradict.

noun, plural con·tra·dic·to·ries.

Logic. a proposition so related to a second that it is impossible for both to be true or both to be false.

Origin of contradictory

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin contrādictōrius, equivalent to contrādic(ere) (see contradict) + -tōrius -tory1
Related formscon·tra·dic·to·ri·ly, adverbcon·tra·dic·to·ri·ness, nounin·ter·con·tra·dic·to·ry, adjectivenon·con·tra·dic·to·ry, adjective, noun, plural non·con·tra·dic·to·ries.un·con·tra·dic·to·ry, adjective

Synonyms for contradictory Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for contradictoriness

Historical Examples of contradictoriness

  • And she was tormented by the contradictoriness of everything.

    The Rainbow

    D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

  • But I venture to hope that there are some Buddhists among my readers who will wish the contradictoriness of his actions explained.

    The Hoosier Schoolmaster

    Edward Eggleston

  • I have not touched on a hundredth part of their contradictoriness, which makes the Irish so eternally unexpected and interesting.

  • This pure zeal for the establishment and general admission of the truth is usually termed 'contradictoriness.'

    The Human Machine

    E. Arnold Bennett

  • As soon, however, as one understands the cause of it, this contradictoriness is seen to be more apparent than actual.

British Dictionary definitions for contradictoriness



inconsistent; incompatible
given to argument and contentiona contradictory person
logic (of a pair of statements) unable both to be true or both to be false under the same circumstancesCompare contrary (def. 5), subcontrary (def. 1)

noun plural -ries

logic a statement that cannot be true when a given statement is true or false when it is false
Derived Formscontradictorily, adverbcontradictoriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for contradictoriness



1530s, "mutually opposed, at variance," from Late Latin contradictorius "containing a contradiction or objection," from contradictus, past participle of contradicere (see contradiction). Meaning "fond of contradicting" is from 1891. Used earlier as a noun (late 14c.).

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