[par-uh-dok-si-kuh l]
  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.
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. 2018

Examples from the Web for paradoxically

Contemporary Examples of paradoxically

Historical Examples of paradoxically

  • So somebody has paradoxically defined it “a little big lake.”

  • But the atmosphere seemed, paradoxically enough, a handicap.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • "Well, you wouldn't if it hadn't happened to be you," said Ella paradoxically.

    The Coast of Chance

    Esther Chamberlain

  • Paradoxically, artificial intelligence is, in part, doing exactly this.

  • There was no jubilation in his tone, but paradoxically a note of defeat.

    The Fifth Ace

    Douglas Grant

Word Origin and History for paradoxically



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