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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for paradoxical
  • And yet she remains somehow paradoxical, impenetrable, unknowable.
  • Some might call this combination paradoxical, even contradictory.
  • The conclusion may sound paradoxical to many scientists, but it is argued here cogently and clearly.
  • Its very virtues, in some paradoxical way, become a form of punishment.
  • Lean cuisine and rich flavors at first sound like a paradoxical combination.
  • His proof achieves this by constructing paradoxical mathematical statements.
  • In classical Greece, you'll meet the most daring and paradoxical people since the dawn of time.
  • However, the lines of flight could have paradoxical effects.
  • Don't be combative and, paradoxical as it may sound, don't become defensive.
  • If this proposal becomes law, we'll have a rather paradoxical situation to contemplate.
Word Origin and History for paradoxical

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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