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contradictory

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noun con·tra·dic·to·ry \ ˌkän-trə-ˈdik-t(ə-)rē \

Definition of contradictory

plural contradictories
:a proposition (see 1proposition 2a) so related to another that if either of the two is true the other is false and if either is false the other must be true

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Origin and Etymology of contradictory


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contradictory

adjective

Definition of contradictory

:involving, causing, or constituting a contradiction
  • contradictory statements
  • The witnesses gave contradictory accounts of the accident.

contradictorily

play \ˌkän-trə-ˈdik-t(ə-)rə-lē\ adverb

contradictoriness

play \ˌkän-trə-ˈdik-t(ə-)rē-nəs\ noun

Examples of contradictory in a Sentence

  1. contradictory predictions regarding stock prices that were of no help to investors at all

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Origin and Etymology of contradictory

Synonym Discussion of contradictory

opposite, contradictory, contrary, antithetical mean being so far apart as to be or seem irreconcilable. opposite applies to things in sharp contrast or in conflict.
    • opposite views on foreign aid
contradictory applies to two things that completely negate each other so that if one is true or valid the other must be untrue or invalid.
    • made contradictory predictions about whether the market would rise or fall
contrary implies extreme divergence or diametrical opposition.
    • contrary assessments of the war situation
antithetical stresses clear and unequivocal diametrical opposition.
    • a law that is antithetical to the very idea of democracy

CONTRADICTORY Defined for English Language Learners

contradictory

adjective

Definition of contradictory for English Language Learners

  • : involving or having information that disagrees with other information : containing a contradiction


CONTRADICTORY Defined for Kids

contradictory

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adjective con·tra·dic·to·ry \ ˌkän-trə-ˈdik-tə-rē \

Definition of contradictory for Students

:involving, causing, or being the opposite of or much different from something else
  • contradictory reports


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