- The definition of a paradox is something that seems contradictory or unbelievable, but may or may not be true.
- An example of paradox is going to war to bring about peace.
- An example of paradox is loving someone so much, you push them away.
Going to war to bring about peace is a paradox.
paradox definition by Webster's New World
- Archaic a statement contrary to common belief
- a statement that seems contradictory, unbelievable, or absurd but that may be true in fact (Ex.: “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink”)
- a statement that is self-contradictory and, hence, false
- a person, situation, act, etc. that seems to have contradictory or inconsistent qualities
Origin: Classical Latin paradoxum ; from Classical Greek paradoxon, neuter of paradoxos, paradoxical ; from para- (see para-) plush doxa, opinion ; from dokein, to think: see decent
paradox definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true: the paradox that standing is more tiring than walking.
- One exhibiting inexplicable or contradictory aspects: “The silence of midnight, to speak truly, though apparently a paradox, rung in my ears” (Mary Shelley).
- An assertion that is essentially self-contradictory, though based on a valid deduction from acceptable premises.
- A statement contrary to received opinion.
Origin: Latin paradoxum, from Greek paradoxon, from neuter sing. of paradoxos, conflicting with expectation : para-, beyond; see para-1 + doxa, opinion (from dokein, to think; see dek- in Indo-European roots).
- parˌa·doxˈi·cal adjective
- parˌa·doxˈi·cal·ly adverb
- parˌa·doxˈi·cal·ness noun
paradox - Computer Definition
A relational database management (DBMS) and application development system for Windows from Corel. It includes the PAL programming language for writing complex business applications. When Paradox was originally released under DOS, it was noted for its visual query by example method, which made asking questions much easier than comparable products of the time. Originally developed by Ansa Corporation, it was later acquired by Borland and then Corel. The product was named Corel Paradox for a while, then offered as part of Corel's WordPerfect Office suites.
paradox - Cultural Definition
A statement that seems contradictory or absurd but is actually valid or true. According to one proverbial paradox, we must sometimes be cruel in order to be kind. Another form of paradox is a statement that truly is contradictory and yet follows logically from other statements that do not seem open to objection. If someone says, “I am lying,” for example, and we assume that his statement is true, it must be false. The paradox is that the statement “I am lying” is false if it is true.
paradox - Medical Definition
- paradoxical adjective