noun, plural con·tra·dic·to·ries.
- contradiction in terms,
Origin of contradictory
Examples from the Web for contradictory
America presents two contradictory narratives that it struggles to reconcile.
My optimism springs from the contradictory statements of the conservative justices of the court.The Supreme Court Is Weighing Corporate Power Yet Again|Zephyr Teachout|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The upshot of these contradictory findings is that most people have trouble believing the figures produced by either side.
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|David Patrikarakos|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For weeks the information coming out of Kuala Lumpur was, at best, inconsistent and contradictory and, at worst, tainted.
This is by no means a recurrence to the old antithesis of religion and civilisation, as if these were contradictory elements.Edward Caldwell Moore|Edward Moore
Thus, in every case do the skeptical views and empty negations of idealism lead to a contradictory nothing.The philosophy of life, and philosophy of language, in a course of lectures|Frederick von Schlegel
We are thus driven to the assumption that the conception is contradictory because incomplete; but how are we to supplement it?
In other respects they indulge in theses the most contradictory.The Heavenly Father|Ernest Naville
At this most vital point of the narrative, our authorities are contradictory, while the journal of Columbus himself is silent.Ocean's Story; or Triumphs of Thirty Centuries|Edward Rowland
noun plural -ries
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.).