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con·tra·dic·to·ry

 (kŏn′trə-dĭk′tə-rē)
adj.
1. Involving, of the nature of, or being a contradiction: contradictory reports about the vaccine's effectiveness. See Synonyms at opposite.
2. Given to contradicting: The contradictory council members often ended up squabbling.
n. pl. con·tra·dic·to·ries Logic
Either of two propositions related in such a way that it is impossible for both to be true or both to be false.

con′tra·dic′to·ri·ly adv.
con′tra·dic′to·ri·ness n.

contradictory

(ˌkɒntrəˈdɪktərɪ)
adj
1. inconsistent; incompatible
2. given to argument and contention: a contradictory person.
3. (Logic) logic (of a pair of statements) unable both to be true or both to be false under the same circumstances. Compare contrary5, subcontrary1
n, pl -ries
(Logic) logic a statement that cannot be true when a given statement is true, or false when it is false
ˌcontraˈdictorily adv
ˌcontraˈdictoriness n

con•tra•dic•to•ry

(ˌkɒn trəˈdɪk tə ri)

adj., n., pl. -ries. adj.
1. involving contradiction; inconsistent: contradictory statements.
2. tending or inclined to contradict.
n.
3. Logic. a proposition so related to a second that it is impossible for both to be true or both to be false.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin]
con`tra•dic′to•ri•ly, adv.
con`tra•dic′to•ri•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contradictory - two propositions are contradictories if both cannot be true (or both cannot be false) at the same timecontradictory - two propositions are contradictories if both cannot be true (or both cannot be false) at the same time
logical relation - a relation between propositions
Adj.1.contradictory - of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true and both cannot be false; "`perfect' and `imperfect' are contradictory terms"
antonymous - of words: having opposite meanings
2.contradictory - that confounds or contradicts or confuses
unsupportive - not furnishing support or assistance
3.contradictory - in disagreementcontradictory - in disagreement; "the figures are at odds with our findings"; "contradictory attributes of unjust justice and loving vindictiveness"- John Morley
inconsistent - displaying a lack of consistency; "inconsistent statements cannot both be true at the same time"; "inconsistent with the roadmap"
4.contradictory - unable to be both true at the same time
incompatible - not compatible; "incompatible personalities"; "incompatible colors"

contradictory

adjective inconsistent, conflicting, opposed, opposite, contrary, incompatible, paradoxical, irreconcilable, antithetical, discrepant He seems to be capable of holding a number of apparently contradictory attitudes.

contradictory

adjectivenoun
Logic. That which is diametrically opposed to another:
Translations
مُتَناقِض، مُغايِر، مُنافِ
odporující
modsigende
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protisloven

contradictory

[ˌkɒntrəˈdɪktərɪ] ADJcontradictorio

contradictory

[ˌkɒntrəˈdɪktəri] adjcontradictoire

contradictory

adj personwidersprüchlich; statements also(sich) widersprechend; to be contradictory to somethingeiner Sache (dat)widersprechen, zu etw im Widerspruch stehen; it is contradictory to claim that …es ist ein Widerspruch, zu behaupten; he was in a contradictory mooder war voller Widerspruchsgeist

contradictory

[ˌkɒntrəˈdɪktrɪ] adjcontraddittorio/a
to be contradictory to → contraddire

contradict

(kontrəˈdikt) verb
to say the opposite of; to argue or disagree with. It's unwise to contradict your boss.
ˌcontraˈdiction (-ʃən) noun
ˌcontraˈdictory adjective
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Her face was captivating by reason of a certain frankness of expression and a contradictory subtle play of features.
She shrinks from looking at him--she trembles with strange contradictory sensations of pleasure and pain.
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But, by the best contradictory authorities, this Grecian story of Hercules and the whale is considered to be derived from the still more ancient Hebrew story of Jonah and the whale; and vice versa; certainly they are very similar.
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This sort of barter is not contradictory to nature, nor is it any species of money-getting; but is necessary in procuring that subsistence which is so consonant thereunto.
What a cruel practical joke old Nature played when she flung so many contradictory elements together, and left the man face to face with the perplexing callousness of the universe.
In spite of Rostopchin's broadsheets, or because of them or independently of them, the strangest and most contradictory rumors were current in the town.
wicked imposture, contradictory to the Holy Scriptures.
At other times I thought that perhaps after all these treacherous savages had made away with him, and thence the confusion into which they were thrown by my questions, and their contradictory answers, or he might be a captive in some other part of the valley, or, more dreadful still, might have met with that fate at which my very soul shuddered.