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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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  • She was silent at the unconscious rebuke, profoundly stirred by the paradoxicality of the situation.

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    Howard Vincent O'Brien


Word Origin and History for paradoxicality

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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