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[par-uh-dok-si-kuh l] /ˌpær əˈdɒk sɪ kəl/
having the nature of a paradox; self-contradictory.
Medicine/Medical. not being the normal or usual kind:
Stimulants are a paradoxical, albeit effective, medication used for certain forms of hyperactivity.
Sometimes, paradoxal.
Origin of paradoxical
Related forms
paradoxically, adverb
paradoxicalness, paradoxicality, noun
nonparadoxical, adjective
nonparadoxically, adverb
nonparadoxicalness, noun
ultraparadoxical, adjective
ultraparadoxically, adverb
unparadoxal, adjective
unparadoxical, adjective
unparadoxically, adverb Unabridged
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Word Origin and History for paradoxically



1580s, from paradox + -ical. Competing forms were paradoxal (1560s), paradoxial (1620s), but they survive in niches, if at all. Related: Paradoxically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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