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antinomy

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noun an·tin·o·my \an-ˈti-nə-mē\

Definition of antinomy

plural an·tin·o·mies

  1. 1 :  a contradiction between two apparently equally valid principles or between inferences correctly drawn from such principles

  2. 2 :  a fundamental and apparently unresolvable conflict or contradiction <antinomies of beauty and evil, freedom and slavery — Stephen Holden>

an·ti·nom·icplay \ˌan-ti-ˈnä-mik\ adjective


Origin of antinomy

German Antinomie, from Latin antinomia conflict of laws, from Greek, from anti- + nomos law — more at nimble


First Known Use: 1592


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