paradoxical

[ par-uh-dok-si-kuh l ]
/ ˌpær əˈdɒk sɪ kəl /

adjective

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.

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Sometimes par·a·dox·al.

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