Definition of contradiction
1 : act or an instance of contradicting <the defendant's contradiction of the plaintiff's accusations>
2a : a proposition, statement, or phrase that asserts or implies both the truth and falsity of something < … both parts of a contradiction cannot possibly be true … — Thomas Hobbes>b : a statement or phrase whose parts contradict each other <a round square is a contradiction in terms>
3a : logical incongruityb : a situation in which inherent factors, actions, or propositions are inconsistent or contrary to one another
Examples of contradiction in a sentence
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.
Origin and Etymology of contradiction
First Known Use: 14th century
CONTRADICTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of contradiction for English Language Learners
: 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
CONTRADICTION Defined for Kids
Definition of contradiction for Students
: something (as a statement) that is the opposite of or is much different from something else <There were many contradictions in her story.>
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