Russell's paradox

Rus·​sell's paradox | \ ˈrəsəlz- \

Definition of Russell's paradox

: 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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First Known Use of Russell's paradox

1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Russell's paradox

after Bertrand Russell

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“Russell's paradox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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