contradiction

noun
con·​tra·​dic·​tion | \ ˌkän-trə-ˈdik-shən How to pronounce contradiction (audio) \

Essential Meaning of contradiction

1 : the act of saying something that is opposite or very different in meaning to something else No one was surprised by the defendant's contradiction of the plaintiff's accusations. Her rebuttal contained many contradictions to my arguments. I think I can say without fear of contradiction [=I can say with absolute certainty] that this year has been very successful for our company.
2 : a difference or disagreement between two things which means that both cannot be true There have been some contradictions in his statements. There is a contradiction between what he said yesterday and what he said today. See More ExamplesHer statements are mired in contradiction. What he said yesterday is in direct contradiction to what he said today.Hide

Full 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 incongruity
b : a situation in which inherent factors, actions, or propositions are inconsistent or contrary to one another

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web But the problem is that there is a contradiction at the heart of this crisis. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 Iowa is a contradiction in terms as the Hawkeyes feature the top defense in the nation but are No. 120 in total offense. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, 15 Oct. 2021 There’s a wonderful contradiction between losing one’s footing and flying. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 10 Oct. 2021 The ideology of normal papers over the contradiction between pampering and killing the same, almost, critter. Jeff Mcmahon, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 Seif seemed not to see the contradiction between his two selves. New York Times, 30 July 2021 In the end, there’s no contradiction between standing in solidarity with victims of violence and honestly probing the minds and motives of their attackers. Eric Zorn, chicagotribune.com, 25 Mar. 2021 In that interview, Mayorkas was asked if there's a contradiction because the U.S. is welcoming refugees from Afghanistan, but deporting Haitians in need. CBS News, 20 Sep. 2021 Johnston, on the other hand, was the contradiction to Bennett’s record-breaking afternoon. Evan Dudley, al, 12 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of contradiction

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for contradiction

see contradict

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The first known use of contradiction was in the 14th century

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27 Oct 2021

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“Contradiction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contradiction. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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contradiction

noun
con·​tra·​dic·​tion | \ ˌkän-trə-ˈdik-shən How to pronounce contradiction (audio) \

Kids Definition of contradiction

: 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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