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 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

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Capital Improvements: Addis Ababa Takes New Shape Ethiopia’s teeming capital is a monument to the African nation’s paradoxical development A horse in front of public housing projects on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. Matina Stevis-gridneff, WSJ, "Ethiopia’s Young, New Leader Shakes Up One-Party System," 17 July 2018 Mac Giolla and Kajonius looked at one of the older paradoxical findings: gender differences in personality ratings get bigger in more-equal countries. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Why figuring out what’s behind a big gender paradox won’t be easy," 18 Oct. 2018 Erwin Schrödinger famously argued against such an idea with his paradoxical cat; the many-worlds scenario endorses it. Andrew Crumey, WSJ, "‘Through Two Doors at Once’ Review: Interfering With Reality," 3 Aug. 2018 For countries that were under Moscow’s sway for decades after World War II and continue to face pressure from their huge eastern neighbor, putting a rubber stamp on Trump’s coziness to Putin might seem paradoxical, even shocking. Michal Kranz, Vox, "Why Eastern European countries aren’t attacking Trump over NATO," 26 July 2018 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

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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

adjective
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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