noun an·tin·o·my \an-ˈti-nə-mē\

Definition of antinomy



  1. 1 :  a contradiction between two apparently equally valid principles or between inferences correctly drawn from such principles

  2. 2 :  a fundamental and apparently unresolvable conflict or contradiction antinomies of beauty and evil, freedom and slavery — Stephen Holden


play \ˌan-ti-ˈnä-mik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of antinomy

German Antinomie, from Latin antinomia conflict of laws, from Greek, from anti- + nomos law — more at nimble

First Known Use: 1592

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