- the opposition of one law, regulation, etc. to another
- a contradiction or inconsistency between two apparently reasonable principles or laws, or between conclusions drawn from them
Origin of antinomyClassical Latin antinomia from Classical Greek antinomia: see anti- and -nomy
- Contradiction or opposition, especially between two laws or rules.
- A contradiction between principles or conclusions that seem equally necessary and reasonable; a paradox.
Origin of antinomyLatin antinomia from Greek antinomiā anti- anti- nomos law ; see nem- in Indo-European roots.
- Do not confuse with antimony.
- Kant used antinomy (Critique of Pure Reason, Bloom translation) to speak of two valid conclusions that appeared to contradict each other, but that could be resolved when it was seen that they were from two distinct and exclusive sets. So no paradox exists, only the inappropriate application of an idea from one set—being applied to another—causes a seeming paradox.
From Ancient Greek ἀντί (anti, “against”) + νόμος (nomos, “custom, law”). Surface analysis anti- (“opposite”) + -nomy (“law”)