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

Examples of paradoxical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Smell is a paradoxical sense, both intimate and elusive. Mike Jay, WSJ, "‘Smells’ and ‘Smellosophy’ Review: What the Nose Knows," 10 July 2020 Such paradoxical feelings attached to the simple fact of mobility took me back in a rush to the 1970s New York of my youth. Elizabeth Kendall, New York Times, "New York City’s Gift of Motion: A 1970s Tale," 1 July 2020 Where Mr Bregman grates is in his claim to be the first to wrestle with deep, paradoxical truths about mankind. The Economist, "Hearts of gold Are humans innately good? Rutger Bregman thinks so," 6 June 2020 Writing in the late 1930s, Steinbeck too observed the impact of hunger on the working class, and how the paradoxical waste of food destruction would enrage those on the brink of survival. Suyin Haynes, Time, "'The Saddest, Bitterest Thing of All.’ From the Great Depression to Today, a Long History of Food Destruction in the Face of Hunger," 28 May 2020 Durbin and a number of other researchers who have done these studies and who believe fervently in their value find themselves in the paradoxical position of arguing for caution and restraint. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Infect volunteers with Covid-19 in the name of research? A proposal lays bare a minefield of issues," 1 May 2020 But in a paradoxical twist, Guatemala, the largest source of migration to the U.S.-Mexico border in recent years, fears the U.S. is exporting the virus there through deportation flights. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, ""Exporting the virus": Migrants deported by U.S. make up 20% of Guatemala's coronavirus cases," 27 Apr. 2020 The lag in the manifestation of the pandemic in Africa offers an opportunity for Africa to take a lead on a proactive and seemingly paradoxical approach of emergency foresight. Tolu Oni, Quartz Africa, "This is the best time to plan for urban Africa’s next health emergency," 16 Apr. 2020 The sudden spike in language-learning software users comes at a paradoxical time: Few states require students to study a world language. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, "Amid coronavirus, students flock to Kahoot!, Duolingo. Is it the end of language teachers?," 7 Apr. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Paradoxical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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 paradoxic (audio) \

Medical Definition of paradoxical

: not being the normal or usual kind a paradoxical embolism

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