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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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  • What paradoxical gulf stretches between these houses where "no children need apply" and the rest of the houses.

    The home Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • The reason starts at it, but all religion is paradoxical to reason.

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • Nearer she drewnearerwhile Bob gazed as if fascinated, full of rapturous, paradoxical dread.

    Nothing But the Truth Frederic S. Isham
  • The form of the argument may be paradoxical; the substance is an appeal to the higher reason.

    Gorgias Plato
  • Even that brave if paradoxical cry was cheered, and the sportive Jimmy looked about him valiantly.

    Ann Arbor Tales Karl Edwin Harriman
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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