- 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
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Related Wordsconflicting, antithetical, incompatible, contrary, inconsistent, paradoxical, counter, reverse, opposite, converse, antipodal, con, anti, adverse, against, counteractive, diametric, discrepant, incongruous, irreconcilable
Examples from the Web for contradictory
America presents two contradictory narratives that it struggles to reconcile.Will Texas Stay Texan?
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My optimism springs from the contradictory statements of the conservative justices of the court.The Supreme Court Is Weighing Corporate Power Yet Again
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The upshot of these contradictory findings is that most people have trouble believing the figures produced by either side.Scots Must Choose Heart or Head
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News sources are contradictory and no effective municipal governance exists to provide people with the information they need.Ukraine’s Pro-Putin Rebels Prepare for a Last Stand
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For weeks the information coming out of Kuala Lumpur was, at best, inconsistent and contradictory and, at worst, tainted.Who Gagged the Search for MH370?
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She stated the fact as one without a hint of any contradictory possibility.Within the Law
The Cherub waited for an explanation of these contradictory remarks.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Contradictory rumours were abroad on the subject of his hair.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
The answers to this question were various and contradictory.A Tale of Two Cities
The most contradictory rumors are in circulation about Stanton.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
- logic a statement that cannot be true when a given statement is true or false when it is false
Word Origin and History for contradictory
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.).