noun con·tra·dic·tion \ˌkän-trə-ˈdik-shən\

: the act of saying something that is opposite or very different in meaning to something else

: a difference or disagreement between two things which means that both cannot be true

Full Definition of CONTRADICTION

:  act or an instance of contradicting
a :  a proposition, statement, or phrase that asserts or implies both the truth and falsity of something
b :  a statement or phrase whose parts contradict each other <a round square is a contradiction in terms>
a :  logical incongruity
b :  a situation in which inherent factors, actions, or propositions are inconsistent or contrary to one another


  1. No one was surprised by the defendant's contradiction of the plaintiff's accusations.
  2. Her rebuttal contained many contradictions to my arguments.
  3. There have been some contradictions in his statements.
  4. There is a contradiction between what he said yesterday and what he said today.
  5. Her statements are mired in contradiction.
  6. What he said yesterday is in direct contradiction to what he said today.

First Known Use of CONTRADICTION

14th century

Other Logic Terms

a posteriori, connotation, corollary, inference, mutually exclusive, paradox, postulate, syllogism
CONTRADICTION Defined for Kids


noun con·tra·dic·tion \ˌkän-trə-ˈdik-shən\

Definition of CONTRADICTION for Kids

:  something (as a statement) that is the opposite of or is much different from something else <There were many contradictions in her story.>


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