Definition of contradiction
- the defendant's contradiction of the plaintiff's accusations
- … both parts of a contradiction cannot possibly be true …
- —Thomas Hobbes
- a round square is a contradiction in terms
No one was surprised by the defendant's contradiction of the plaintiff's accusations.
Her rebuttal contained many contradictions to my arguments.
There have been some contradictions in his statements.
There is a contradiction between what he said yesterday and what he said today.
Her statements are mired in contradiction.
What he said yesterday is in direct contradiction to what he said today.
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: the act of saying something that is opposite or very different in meaning to something else
: a difference or disagreement between two things which means that both cannot be true
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