Contradiction vs. Paradox

Contradiction vs. Paradox — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Contradiction and Paradox

Contradictionnoun

The act or an instance of contradicting

the witness's contradiction of other testimony.

Paradoxnoun

A statement that seems to contradict itself but may nonetheless be true

the paradox that standing is more tiring than walking.

Contradictionnoun

The state of being contradicted

a supervisor who cannot tolerate contradiction from any subordinate.

Paradoxnoun

A person, thing, or situation that exhibits inexplicable or contradictory aspects

"The silence of midnight, to speak truly, though apparently a paradox, rung in my ears" (Mary Shelley).

Contradictionnoun

An inconsistency or discrepancy

"Surprisingly few people saw a contradiction between freedom for whites and bondage for slaves" (Adam Hochschild).

Paradoxnoun

A statement that is self-contradictory or logically untenable, though based on a valid deduction from acceptable premises.

Contradictionnoun

Inconsistency; discrepancy

practices that are in contradiction to human rights.

Paradoxnoun

An apparently self-contradictory statement, which can only be true if it is false, and vice versa.u

"This sentence is false" is a paradox.

Contradictionnoun

One that contains elements that oppose or conflict with one another

The phrase "an unmarried husband" is a contradiction in terms.

Paradoxnoun

A counterintuitive conclusion or outcome.s

It is an interesting paradox that drinking a lot of water can often make you feel thirsty.

Contradictionnoun

The act of contradicting.

His contradiction of the proposal was very interesting.

Paradoxnoun

A claim that two apparently contradictory ideas are true.t

Not having a fashion is a fashion; that's a paradox.

Contradictionnoun

(countable) A statement that contradicts itself, i.e., a statement that makes a claim that the same thing is true and that it is false at the same time and in the same senses of the terms.

There is a contradiction in Clarence Page's statement that a woman should have the right to choose and decide for herself whether to have an abortion, and at the same time she should not have that right.There is a contradiction in what you say: she can't be both married and single.

Paradoxnoun

A thing involving contradictory yet interrelated elements that exist simultaneously and persist over time.

Contradictionnoun

(countable) A logical inconsistency among two or more elements or propositions.

Paradoxnoun

A person or thing having contradictory properties.t

He is a paradox; you would not expect him in that political party.

Contradictionnoun

A proposition that is false for all values of its variables.

Paradoxnoun

An unanswerable question or difficult puzzle, particularly one which leads to a deeper truth. s

Contradictionnoun

opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas

Paradoxnoun

(obsolete) A statement which is difficult to believe, or which goes against general belief.

Contradictionnoun

(logic) a statement that is necessarily false;

the statement `he is brave and he is not brave' is a contradiction

Paradoxnoun

(uncountable) The use of counterintuitive or contradictory statements (paradoxes) in speech or writing.

Contradictionnoun

the speech act of contradicting someone;

he spoke as if he thought his claims were immune to contradiction

Paradoxnoun

A state in which one is logically compelled to contradict oneself.

Paradoxnoun

The practice of giving instructions that are opposed to the therapist's actual intent, with the intention that the client will disobey or be unable to obey.s

Paradoxnoun

(logic) a self-contradiction;

`I always lie' is a paradox because if it is true it must be false