paradoxical

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adjective par·a·dox·i·cal \ ˌper-ə-ˈdäk-si-kəl , ˌpa-rə- \

Definition of paradoxical

1 a :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

paradoxicality

play \ˌper-ə-ˌdäk-si-ˈka-lə-tē, ˌpa-rə-\ noun

paradoxically

play \ˌper-ə-ˈdäk-si-k(ə-)lē, ˌpa-rə-\ adverb

paradoxicalness

play \ˌper-ə-ˈdäk-si-kəl-nəs, ˌpa-rə-\ noun

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First Known Use of paradoxical

1598


Medical Dictionary

paradoxical

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adjective par·a·dox·i·cal \ ˌpar-ə-ˈdäk-si-kəl \
variants: also paradoxic play \-sik\

medical Definition of paradoxical

:not being the normal or usual kind
  • a paradoxical embolism

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