noun par·a·dox \ˈper-ə-ˌdäks, ˈpa-rə-\

: something (such as a situation) that is made up of two opposite things and that seems impossible but is actually true or possible

: someone who does two things that seem to be opposite to each other or who has qualities that are opposite

: a statement that seems to say two opposite things but that may be true

Full Definition of PARADOX

:  a tenet contrary to received opinion
a :  a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps true
b :  a self-contradictory statement that at first seems true
c :  an argument that apparently derives self-contradictory conclusions by valid deduction from acceptable premises
:  one (as a person, situation, or action) having seemingly contradictory qualities or phases

Examples of PARADOX

  1. It is a paradox that computers need maintenance so often, since they are meant to save people time.
  2. As an actor, he's a paradox—he loves being in the public eye but also deeply values and protects his privacy.
  3. a novel full of paradox
  4. For the actors, the goal was a paradox: real emotion, produced on cue. —Claudia Roth Pierpont, New Yorker, 27 Oct. 2008

Origin of PARADOX

Latin paradoxum, from Greek paradoxon, from neuter of paradoxos contrary to expectation, from para- + dokein to think, seem — more at decent
First Known Use: 1540

Other Logic Terms

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


noun par·a·dox \ˈper-ə-ˌdäks\

Definition of PARADOX for Kids

:  a statement that seems to say opposite things and yet is perhaps true
:  a person or thing having qualities that seem to be opposite
Medical Dictionary


noun par·a·dox \ˈpar-ə-ˌdäks\

Medical Definition of PARADOX

:  an instance of a paradoxical phenomenon or reaction


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