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contradiction

[kon-truh-dik-shuh n] /ˌkɒn trəˈdɪk ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of contradicting; gainsaying or opposition.
2.
assertion of the contrary or opposite; denial.
3.
a statement or proposition that contradicts or denies another or itself and is logically incongruous.
4.
direct opposition between things compared; inconsistency.
5.
a contradictory act, fact, etc.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English contradiccioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin contrādictiōn- (stem of contrādictiō). See contradict, -ion
Related forms
intercontradiction, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for contradictions

contradiction

/ˌkɒntrəˈdɪkʃən/
noun
1.
the act of going against; opposition; denial
2.
a declaration of the opposite or contrary
3.
a statement that is at variance with itself (often in the phrase a contradiction in terms)
4.
conflict or inconsistency, as between events, qualities, etc
5.
a person or thing containing conflicting qualities
6.
(logic) a statement that is false under all circumstances; necessary falsehood
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Word Origin and History for contradictions

contradiction

n.

late 14c., from Old French contradiction or directly from Latin contradictionem (nominative contradictio) "a reply, objection, counterargument," noun of action from past participle stem of contradicere, in classical Latin contra dicere "to speak against," from contra "against" (see contra) + dicere "to speak" (see diction).

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