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

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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 Inspiration4 is an extraordinary mission—with the paradoxical goal of making space flight a more ordinary thing. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Meet the Inspiration4 Team, the World's First Non-Astronaut Space Crew," 23 Apr. 2021 But even compared to this version, the traditional oakmoss had a paradoxical, vivid dimension in its darkness — like sunlight through bottle-green glass — that the new version lacked. Noy Thrupkaew, Washington Post, "A Big Stink in the World of Perfume," 21 Apr. 2021 For the fashion industry, April’s Earth Day presents paradoxical opportunities. Brooke Roberts-islam, Forbes, "PANGAIA’s Game Changing Collaboration Draws Carbon From Air Pollution To Print Textiles," 20 Apr. 2021 Of all the paradoxes in the paradoxical field known as home economics, perhaps the most peculiar is the practice house, with its practice baby. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "Did Home Economics Empower Women?," 19 Apr. 2021 In its final form, Mating in Captivity is a treatise on the paradoxical compulsions that condition long-term relationships. Maya Binyam, Vulture, "Esther Perel Goes Off Script," 13 Apr. 2021 Or is such a paradoxical idea destined to collapse under the weight of its own contradictions? Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "The Hokey-Pokey Hegemon," 14 Mar. 2021 But the paradoxical effect was that possibilities for art works were all around her. New York Times, "Barbara Ess, 76, Dies; Artist Blurred Lines Between Life and Art," 9 Mar. 2021 At the heart of SpongeBob’s appeal is the show’s paradoxical ability to be 100 percent earnest and 100 percent ironic at the same time, as if to prove that its gonzo metatextual indulgences are somehow inextricably linked to its sincerity. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run Will Make You a Better Person," 5 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of paradoxical

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of paradoxical was in 1598

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“Paradoxical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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