Contradiction definition

kŏntrə-dĭkshən
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An inconsistency or discrepancy.
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A statement in opposition to another; denial.
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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.

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A contradicting or being contradicted.
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Inconsistency; discrepancy.

Practices that are in contradiction to human rights.

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A condition in which things tend to be contrary to each other; inconsistency; discrepancy.
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A person, thing, or statement having contradictory elements or qualities.
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(uncountable) The act of contradicting.

His contradiction of the proposal was very interesting.

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(countable) A statement that contradicts itself.

There is a contradiction in what you say - she can't be both married and single.

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(countable) A logical incompatibility among two or more elements or propositions.

Marx believed that the contradictions of capitalism would lead to socialism.

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(logic, countable) A proposition that is false for all values of its variables.
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One that contains elements that oppose or conflict with one another.

The phrase “an unmarried husband” is a contradiction in terms.

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The act or an instance of contradicting.

The witness's contradiction of other testimony.

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The state of being contradicted.

A supervisor who cannot tolerate contradiction from any subordinate.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
contradiction
Plural:
contradictions

Origin of contradiction

  • From Old French contradiction, from Latin contrādictiō, from contrādīcō (“speak against”).

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