par·​a·​dox·​i·​cal | \ ˌper-ə-ˈdäk-si-kəl How to pronounce paradoxical (audio) , ˌpa-rə- \

Definition of paradoxical

1a : of the nature of a paradox the paradoxical theory that global warming will lead to the next Ice Age
b : inclined to paradoxes
2 : not being the normal or usual kind a paradoxical pulse paradoxical drug reactions

Other Words from paradoxical

paradoxicality \ ˌper-​ə-​ˌdäk-​si-​ˈka-​lə-​tē How to pronounce paradoxical (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ noun
paradoxically \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈdäk-​si-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce paradoxical (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adverb
paradoxicalness \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈdäk-​si-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce paradoxical (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ noun

Examples of paradoxical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The power of the left in the Democratic Party has the paradoxical effect of strengthening those on the right who put a premium on political combat over policy—and vice versa. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 18 May 2022 According to a 2014 report by the National Institutes of Health, paradoxical adipose hyperplasia augments fat cells, which morph into hard protrusions on a person’s body. Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2022 Enter Van Wassenbergh, who decided to conduct his own research into the topic after being struck by the paradoxical nature of the shock absorber hypothesis. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 15 July 2022 Does indulging in such fantasies immerse us imaginatively in the paradoxical nature of our fascination, even longing, for destruction or death, as Thomson suggests? Paul Baumann, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 And yet, in what might seem paradoxical at first, the researchers also found that behavior patterns are strongly inherited. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 That faulty perception, in turn, can have the paradoxical effect of decreasing support for measures to increase diversity. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, 27 Apr. 2022 The layoffs come at a paradoxical economic moment when fears of recession are rampant, yet the economy shows few signs of an impending decline. Michael E. Kanell, ajc, 10 June 2022 Scholars would argue it’s because the seemingly paradoxical values of the Catholic sisterhood—power and piety, strength and femininity—are as urgent and confusing now as ever. ELLE, 3 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of paradoxical

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Paradoxical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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par·​a·​dox·​i·​cal | \ ˌpar-ə-ˈdäk-si-kəl How to pronounce paradoxical (audio) \
variants: also paradoxic \ -​sik How to pronounce paradoxical (audio) \

Medical Definition of paradoxical

: not being the normal or usual kind a paradoxical embolism

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