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paradoxical

[par-uh-dok-si-kuh l]
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adjective
  1. having the nature of a paradox; self-contradictory.
  2. Medicine/Medical. not being the normal or usual kind: Stimulants are a paradoxical, albeit effective, medication used for certain forms of hyperactivity.
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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
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Related Words for paradoxical

antithetical, reversed, antagonistic, adverse, contradictory, differing, paradoxical, mystifying, puzzling, baffling, thorny, complicated, convoluted, mysterious, knotty, worrying, confusing, disconcerting, ambiguous, problematic

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.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude

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

    Gorgias

    Plato

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

    Laws

    Plato

  • 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

adj.

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

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