[par-uh-dok-si-kuh l]


having the nature of a paradox; self-contradictory.
Medicine/Medical. not being the normal or usual kind: Stimulants are a paradoxical, albeit effective, medication used for certain forms of hyperactivity.

Sometimes par·a·dox·al.

Origin of paradoxical

Related formspar·a·dox·i·cal·ly, adverbpar·a·dox·i·cal·ness, par·a·dox·i·cal·i·ty, nounnon·par·a·dox·i·cal, adjectivenon·par·a·dox·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·par·a·dox·i·cal·ness, nounul·tra·par·a·dox·i·cal, adjectiveul·tra·par·a·dox·i·cal·ly, adverbun·par·a·dox·al, adjectiveun·par·a·dox·i·cal, adjectiveun·par·a·dox·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for paradoxical

Contemporary Examples of paradoxical

Historical Examples of paradoxical

  • The reason starts at it, but all religion is paradoxical to reason.


    James Anthony Froude

  • The form of the argument may be paradoxical; the substance is an appeal to the higher reason.



  • A tendency to a paradoxical manner of statement is also observable.



  • Our own experiences of our own day show that these are no paradoxical speculations.

  • His Unity was steadily disintegrating into a paradoxical Trinity.

Word Origin and History for paradoxical

1580s, from paradox + -ical. Competing forms were paradoxal (1560s), paradoxial (1620s), but they survive in niches, if at all. Related: Paradoxically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper