an·​tin·​o·​my | \ an-ˈti-nə-mē How to pronounce antinomy (audio) \
plural antinomies

Definition of antinomy

1 : a contradiction between two apparently equally valid principles or between inferences correctly drawn from such principles
2 : a fundamental and apparently unresolvable conflict or contradiction antinomies of beauty and evil, freedom and slavery— Stephen Holden

Other Words from antinomy

antinomic \ ˌan-​ti-​ˈnä-​mik How to pronounce antinomy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of antinomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Civilization and barbarism is a classic antinomy in Argentine history, going all the way back to America’s conquest and the subsequent extermination of the native population in military campaigns. Jd Linville, Variety, 2 Nov. 2021 This demanded the forging of a new consciousness, one that would overcome the antinomies of subjective and objective, body and spirit, family and party. Marci Shore, New York Times, 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of antinomy

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for antinomy

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

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The first known use of antinomy was in 1592

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“Antinomy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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