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paradoxical

Definition:

seemingly contradictory but nonetheless possibly true

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

paradox

Derivative:

paradoxically

Comparative:

more paradoxical

Superlative:

most paradoxical

Similar to:

inexplicable

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

it's paradoxical that standing is more tiring than walking

Etymology:

"paradox" + "-ical". Competing forms were paradoxal (1560s), paradoxial (1620s),...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Paradox

an argument that produces an inconsistency, typically within logic or common sense. Most logical paradoxes are known to be invalid arguments but are still valuable in promoting critical thinking. However, some have revealed errors in definitions... (36 of 2043 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Paradox

Collins Dictionary:

paradoxical | paradox

seemingly absurd or self-contradictory, although true | a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement that is or may be true | a ... (19 of 477 words, 5 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/paradoxical

American Heritage Dictionary:

paradox | paradoxical [adjective, related] | paradoxically [adverb, related] | paradoxicalness [noun, related]

A seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true | One exhibiting inexplicable or contradictory aspects | An assertion that is ... (19 of 101 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/paradox

Cambridge Dictionary:

paradox | paradoxical [adjective, derived] | paradoxically [adverb, derived]

a situation or statement which seems impossible or is difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics (20 of 70 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/paradox

Oxford Dictionary:

paradoxical | paradoxically [derived]

seemingly absurd or self-contradictory (4 of 61 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/paradoxical

Wiktionary:

paradoxical | oxymoronic [synonym] | self-contradictory [synonym]

Having self-contradictory properties. (3 of 54 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/paradoxical

Macmillan British Dictionary:

paradoxical

strange because of being the opposite of what you expect | consisting of two parts that seem to mean the opposite of each other (23 of 49 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/paradoxical

Merriam-Webster:

paradoxical | paradoxicality [noun, related] | paradoxically [adverb, related] | paradoxicalness [noun, related]

of the nature of a paradox ; inclined to paradoxes | not being the normal or usual kind (17 of 48 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/paradoxical

New World Dictionary:

paradoxical | paradoxically [adverb, related] | paradoxicalness [noun, related]

of, having the nature of, or expressing a paradox or paradoxes | fond of using paradoxes | seemingly full of contradictions (19 of 26 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/paradoxical

Random House Dictionary:

contradictious | self-contradictory [archaic, synonym, sense-specific]

inclined to contradict; disputatious. | [archaic] self-contradictory (6 of 12 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/contradictious

Britannica Encyclopedia:

paradox [literature]

apparently self-contradictory statement, the underlying meaning of which is revealed only by careful scrutiny. The purpose of a paradox is to arrest ... (22 of 157 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/442540​/paradox

Columbia Encyclopedia:

paradox

statement that appears self-contradictory but actually has a basis in truth, e.g., Oscar Wilde's "Ignorance is like a delicate fruit; touch it and the ... (24 of 51 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/ent​/A​0837568​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

inexplicable | inexplainable | inexplicability [noun, derived] | inexplicableness [noun, derived] | inexplicably [adverb, derived]

unable to be explained or justified (6 of 43 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861621099​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

paradoxical

First use: 1580s

Origin: "paradox" + "-ical". Competing forms were paradoxal (1560s), paradoxial (1620s), but they survive in niches, if at all.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=paradoxical

Collins Dictionary:

paradoxical | paradox

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Late Latin paradoxum, from Greek paradoxos opposed to existing notions, from para-1 + doxa opinion

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/paradoxical

Audio references

Wiktionary:

paradoxical

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "paradoxical"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

paradox

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "paradoxical"

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dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/paradox

Macmillan British Dictionary:

paradoxical

Audio: British English pronunciation of "paradoxical"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

paradoxical

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the Free Dictionary:

paradoxical

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Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "paradoxical"

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Google Dictionary:

paradoxical

Audio: English pronunciation of "paradoxical"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

paradoxical

Audio: North American pronunciation of "paradoxical"

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YourDictionary Audio:

paradoxical

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "paradoxical" by speech synthesizer

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