paradoxical

adjective
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 There’s a parallel and paradoxical narrative of New York too, though. New York Times, 8 June 2021 One reason government spending is so needlessly costly is somewhat paradoxical: The state is wasteful precisely because people are so concerned about wasting money. Sean-michael Pigeon, National Review, 7 June 2021 Goldin attributes this paradoxical outcome to four decades of neoliberal thinking. Edward Webster, Quartz, 2 June 2021 This is a paradoxical moment for people who have this painful, deadly disease. New York Times, 23 May 2021 Recent clinical studies have uncovered some of the laws and regularities of conscious activity, findings that have occasionally proved to be paradoxical. Christof Koch, Scientific American, 10 May 2021 Sociology of Religion finds a paradoxical correlation between the growth of Christianity on the one hand and the support given to it by the state on the other. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 10 May 2021 For all its ubiquity, however, makeup remains a touch mysterious, a ritual with seemingly paradoxical motivations. New York Times, 10 May 2021 These paradoxical scenes of humanity play out daily along this remote stretch of the Texas-Mexico border from Ojinaga to Del Rio and Eagle Pass. Dallas News, 8 May 2021

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First Known Use of paradoxical

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Paradoxical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paradoxical. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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paradoxical

adjective
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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