paradoxical

[par-uh-dok-si-kuhl]
adjective
1.
having the nature of a paradox; self-contradictory.
2.
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:
paradox + -ical

paradoxically, adverb
paradoxicalness, paradoxicality, noun
nonparadoxical, adjective
nonparadoxically, adverb
nonparadoxicalness, noun
ultraparadoxical, adjective
ultraparadoxically, adverb
unparadoxal, adjective
unparadoxical, adjective
unparadoxically, adverb
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paradox (ˈpærəˌdɒks)
 
n
1.  a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement that is or may be true: religious truths are often expressed in paradox
2.  a self-contradictory proposition, such as I always tell lies
3.  a person or thing exhibiting apparently contradictory characteristics
4.  an opinion that conflicts with common belief
 
[C16: from Late Latin paradoxum, from Greek paradoxos opposed to existing notions, from para-1 + doxa opinion]
 
para'doxical
 
adj
 
para'doxically
 
adv

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paradoxical
1580s, from paradox. Competing forms were paradoxal (1560s), paradoxial (1620s), but they survive in niches, if at all.
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Example sentences
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.
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