paradoxical

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adjective par·a·dox·i·cal \ˌper-ə-ˈdäk-si-kəl, ˌpa-rə-\

Definition of paradoxical

  1. 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. 2 :  not being the normal or usual kind <a paradoxical pulse> <paradoxical drug reactions>

paradoxicality

play \-ˌdäk-si-ˈka-lə-tē\ noun

paradoxically

play \-ˈdäk-si-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

paradoxicalness

play \-kəl-nəs\ noun

1598

First Known Use of paradoxical

1598


Medical Dictionary

paradoxical

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adjective par·a·dox·i·cal \ˌpar-ə-ˈdäk-si-kəl\
variants: also

paradoxic

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Medical Definition of paradoxical

  1. :  not being the normal or usual kind <a paradoxical embolism>


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