paradoxical

[ par-uh-dok-si-kuh l ]
/ ˌpær əˈdɒk sɪ kəl /
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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.
Sometimes par·a·dox·al.

Origin of paradoxical

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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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