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contradictory

[kon-truh-dik-tuh-ree] /ˌkɒn trəˈdɪk tə ri/
adjective
1.
asserting the contrary or opposite; contradicting; inconsistent; logically opposite:
contradictory statements.
2.
tending or inclined to contradict.
noun, plural contradictories.
3.
Logic. a proposition so related to a second that it is impossible for both to be true or both to be false.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin contrādictōrius, equivalent to contrādic(ere) (see contradict) + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
contradictorily, adverb
contradictoriness, noun
intercontradictory, adjective
noncontradictory, adjective, noun, plural noncontradictories.
uncontradictory, adjective
Synonyms
1. irreconcilable, paradoxical.
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British Dictionary definitions for contradictories'

contradictory

/ˌkɒntrəˈdɪktərɪ/
adjective
1.
inconsistent; incompatible
2.
given to argument and contention: a contradictory person
3.
(logic) (of a pair of statements) unable both to be true or both to be false under the same circumstances Compare contrary (sense 5), subcontrary (sense 1)
noun (pl) -ries
4.
(logic) a statement that cannot be true when a given statement is true or false when it is false
Derived Forms
contradictorily, adverb
contradictoriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for contradictories'

contradictory

adj.

1530s, "mutually opposed, at variance," from Late Latin contradictorius "containing a contradiction or objection," from contradictus, past participle of contradicere (see contradiction). Meaning "fond of contradicting" is from 1891. Used earlier as a noun (late 14c.).

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