- The definition of contradiction is a statement that is different than another statement.
An example of a contradiction is when a witness's second statement changes the details of what they said they saw during a crime in their first statement.
- a contradicting or being contradicted
- a statement in opposition to another; denial
- a condition in which things tend to be contrary to each other; inconsistency; discrepancy
- a person, thing, or statement having contradictory elements or qualities
Origin of contradictionMiddle English contradiccioun ; from Old French contradiction ; from Classical Latin contradictio
- a. The act or an instance of contradicting: the witness's contradiction of other testimony.b. The state of being contradicted: a supervisor who cannot tolerate contradiction from any subordinate.
- a. An inconsistency or discrepancy: “Surprisingly few people saw a contradiction between freedom for whites and bondage for slaves” (Adam Hochschild).b. Inconsistency; discrepancy: practices that are in contradiction to human rights.
- One that contains elements that oppose or conflict with one another: The phrase “an unmarried husband” is a contradiction in terms.
(countable and uncountable, plural contradictions)
- (uncountable) The act of contradicting.
- His contradiction of the proposal was very interesting.
- (countable) A statement that contradicts itself.
- There is a contradiction in what you say - she can't be both married and single.
- (countable) a logical incompatibility among two or more elements or propositions
- Marx believed that the contradictions of capitalism would lead to socialism.
- (logic, countable) A proposition that is false for all values of its variables.
From Old French contradiction, from Latin contrādictiō, from contrādīcō (“speak against”).