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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There’s also a more insidious, paradoxical cultural force at work. Collier Meyerson, WIRED, "The Last Black Man Searches for ‘Authenticity’ but There Is None," 6 June 2019 But these bits of background have the paradoxical effect of seeming both too short and too long—too substantial to be merely illustrative, too evocative of a wide range of experiences to be plugged in as background. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Rolling Thunder Revue,” Reviewed: Martin Scorsese’s Slippery Chronicle of Bob Dylan in Concert," 14 June 2019 But in counterinsurgency—that already-paradoxical quest to win hearts and minds at the ends of rifle muzzles—such draconian tactics moot the strategy. Adrian Bonenberger, The New Republic, "The Sum of All Beards," 4 June 2019 Through the lighting alone, Oklahoma! recreates the paradoxical state of being in a crowded room, and still being alone with your lover. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "Why Everyone Is So Obsessed With Sexy Oklahoma!," 4 June 2019 Sartori’s God, a being of authentic complexity and paradoxical humanity, of both otherworldly dignity and satirical absurdity, is an irresistible character. Cathleen Schine, The New York Review of Books, "Heaven Can’t Wait," 18 Apr. 2019 And their brains reflected this paradoxical behavior with lower levels of activity in brain areas that pump out dopamine. Sofia Deleniv, Discover Magazine, "When Ignorance Is Bliss," 19 Mar. 2019 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

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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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