self-con·​tra·​dic·​to·​ry ˌself-ˌkän-trə-ˈdik-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce self-contradictory (audio)
: consisting of two contradictory members or parts

Examples of self-contradictory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As written, the builder’s remedy includes seemingly self-contradictory provisions that seem to simultaneously allow developers an unlimited amount of density while also empowering local governments to apply their own standards. Calmatters, The Mercury News, 2 Apr. 2024 The article also argued that South Korea’s own, first military reconnaissance launch this month proved to be self-contradictory. Reuters, NBC News, 3 Dec. 2023 First, its view of Iranian leaders' risk calculations is self-contradictory. Alexandre Debs, Foreign Affairs, 17 Jan. 2012 Students spend weeks combing through purposefully complex and self-contradictory evidence to come up with compelling arguments for both sides. Ethan Ehrenhaft, Baltimore Sun, 28 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1654, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-contradictory was in 1654

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“Self-contradictory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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