Russell's paradox

noun Rus·sell's paradox \ˈrəsəlz-\

Definition of Russell's paradox

  1. :  a paradox that discloses itself in forming a class of all classes that are not members of themselves and in observing that the question of whether it is true or false if this class is a member of itself can be answered both ways — compare liar paradox, vicious circle principle

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Origin and Etymology of russell's paradox

after Bertrand Russell

First Known Use: 1904

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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