[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 paradoxicality

Historical Examples of paradoxicality

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


    Howard Vincent O'Brien

Word Origin and History for paradoxicality



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