Definition of Contradictory

1. Noun. Two propositions are contradictories if both cannot be true (or both cannot be false) at the same time.

Generic synonyms: Logical Relation



2. Adjective. Of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true and both cannot be false. "`perfect' and `imperfect' are contradictory terms"
Similar to: Antonymous
Derivative terms: Contradict, Contradict, Contradictoriness

3. Adjective. That confounds or contradicts or confuses.
Exact synonyms: Confounding
Similar to: Unsupportive
Derivative terms: Contradict

4. Adjective. In disagreement. "Contradictory attributes of unjust justice and loving vindictiveness"
Exact synonyms: At Odds, Conflicting, Self-contradictory
Similar to: Inconsistent
Derivative terms: Contradict, Contradictoriness

5. Adjective. Unable to be both true at the same time.
Exact synonyms: Mutually Exclusive
Similar to: Incompatible
Derivative terms: Contradict, Contradict, Contradictoriness

Definition of Contradictory

1. a. Affirming the contrary; implying a denial of what has been asserted; also, mutually contradicting; inconsistent.

2. n. A proposition or thing which denies or opposes another; contrariety.

Definition of Contradictory

1. Adjective. That contradicts something, such as an argument. ¹

2. Adjective. That is itself a contradiction. ¹

3. Adjective. That is diametrically opposed to something. ¹

4. Adjective. Mutually exclusive. ¹

5. Adjective. Tending to contradict or oppose, contrarious ¹

6. Noun. (logic) Any of a pair of propositions, that cannot both be true or both be false. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Contradictory

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Contradictory

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contradictory (current term)
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contrafact
contrafacta

Literary usage of Contradictory

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1. Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology: Including Many of the Principal by James Mark Baldwin (1901)
"(RA) contradictory (in logic) : see OPPOSITION. ... (BA-CLF) contradictory Representation : see INHIBITION (mental). It may be regarded, though it is a ..."

2. The Essentials of Logic: Being Ten Lectures on Judgment and Inference by Bernard Bosanquet (1903)
"In contradictory Opposition, the one Judgment does absolutely nothing more than ... The contradictory or pure Negation has the advantage in the exhaustive ..."

3. A Treatise on the Law of Criminal Evidence: Including the Rules Regulating by Harry Clay Underhill (1898)
"Impeachment by contradictory affidavits, depositions and other writings.—The rules governing impeachment, by contradictory statements, as above set forth, ..."

4. Publications by Folklore Society (Great Britain) (1899)
"That denial he may establish otherwise, but he cannot establish it by adducing any number of contradictory Australian myths. To adduce these, however, ..."

5. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1912)
"Where a witness is sought to be impeached because of a previous contradictory statement, the primary question for the jury is to ascertain whether the ..."

6. Argumentation and Debating by William Trufant Foster (1908)
"... consists in treating contrary terms as though they were contradictory. contradictory terms — such as rational and irrational — cover all possibilities ..."

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