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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This illustrates a paradoxical feature of the political divide: a combination of intellectual flux and partisan rigidity. The Economist, "Elizabeth Warren, saviour of capitalism," 21 June 2019 Get our daily newsletter What happened in Paris is paradoxical. The Economist, "Taking sides in the Orthodox Church’s battles over Russia and Ukraine," 9 Sep. 2019 Modernity made the individual sacred, producing a paradoxical effect that still hangs over us. Astra Taylor, The New Republic, "One for All," 26 Aug. 2019 In this sometimes paradoxical view of privilege, Americans respect professors but would not wish to turn the country over to them. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The American Middle Class," 22 Aug. 2019 And paradoxical that the ministry that authorized the research would actually expose those doing the research to danger. Alison Abbott, Science | AAAS, "Italian blindness researchers planning monkey studies threatened after health ministry releases names," 21 Aug. 2019 That paradoxical name comes with an instructive history. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "No Law Can Ban White Supremacy From the Internet," 9 Aug. 2019 Yet there’s something curious, even paradoxical, about Kiarostami’s career, and the retrospective’s program offers a rare opportunity to probe its mysteries. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Paradox at the Heart of Abbas Kiarostami’s Early Films," 26 July 2019 The idea behind the blood test is somewhat paradoxical: If blood amyloid levels are very low, the patient may well have plaques in the brain. New York Times, "A Blood Test for Alzheimer’s? It’s Coming, Scientists Report," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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