paradoxical

adjective
par·​a·​dox·​i·​cal | \ ˌper-ə-ˈdäk-si-kəl, 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

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Other Words from paradoxical

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

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To save the body from cancer with chemotherapy means poisoning it — sores, baldness and other afflictions accompany the paradoxical process. Ben Brazil, latimes.com, "CHOC to hold prom night for teens battling cancer and for post-treatment survivors," 14 June 2018 Without careful attention to the context of an RCT, a doctor might recommend a treatment as absurd and paradoxical as the conclusions of the PARACHUTE study. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Study Shows Parachutes Are Totally Worthless," 17 Dec. 2018 Finally, writer Adam Hadhazy takes on the quest for a paradoxical object: A magnet with only one pole. Discover Magazine, "Table of Contents Dec 2018," 24 Nov. 2018 What does stick in my craw is the idea that the actual lottery is all that’s left, which, in a paradoxical way, is why My Lottery Dream Home is such a balm for the soul. Angela Serratore, Curbed, "The pure joy of HGTV’s ‘My Lottery Dream Home’," 21 Sep. 2018 So here’s my paradoxical-sounding idea: Let democracy decide what goes on the test. Sean Illing, Vox, "A political theorist’s provocative idea for how to fix democracy.," 23 July 2018 The indigenous cultures of this paradoxical region, which is both Himalayan and tropical, Buddhist and animist, have kept alive many animist beliefs. Lawrence Osborne, Town & Country, "The Hidden Power of Orchids," 14 Apr. 2017 But the play’s paradoxical power to elicit the feelings of being both sucker punched and tickled remains undiminished, perhaps especially for American theatergoers. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Orlando Bloom and Aidan Turner Are Drenched in Blood in London," 4 July 2018 It’s characterized by a sense of paradoxical ineffability. Hope Reese, Longreads, "‘I Was a Storm of Confetti’: Michael Pollan On Why It’s a Good Idea To Lose Your Self," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of paradoxical

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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paradoxical

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

Medical Definition of paradoxical

: not being the normal or usual kind a paradoxical embolism

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