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contradictory

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noun con·tra·dic·to·ry \ˌkän-trə-ˈdik-t(ə-)rē\

Definition of contradictory

plural con·tra·dic·to·ries

  1. :  a proposition so related to another that if either of the two is true the other is false and if either is false the other must be true



14th Century

First Known Use of contradictory

14th century


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contradictory

adjective con·tra·dic·to·ry

Simple Definition of contradictory

  • : involving or having information that disagrees with other information : containing a contradiction

Full Definition of contradictory

  1. :  involving, causing, or constituting a contradiction <contradictory statements>

con·tra·dic·to·ri·ly play \-t(ə-)rə-lē\ adverb
con·tra·dic·to·ri·ness play \-t(ə-)rē-nəs\ noun

Examples of contradictory

  1. <contradictory predictions regarding stock prices that were of no help to investors at all>



1656

First Known Use of contradictory

1656

Synonym Discussion of contradictory

opposite, contradictory, contrary, antithetical mean being so far apart as to be or seem irreconcilable. opposite applies to things in sharp contrast or in conflict <opposite views on foreign aid>. contradictory applies to two things that completely negate each other so that if one is true or valid the other must be untrue or invalid <made contradictory predictions about whether the market would rise or fall>. contrary implies extreme divergence or diametrical opposition <contrary assessments of the war situation>. antithetical stresses clear and unequivocal diametrical opposition <a law that is antithetical to the very idea of democracy>.

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