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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.
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Noun1.contradictoriness - the relation that exists when opposites cannot coexist
oppositeness, opposition - the relation between opposed entities
incompatibility, inconsistency, mutual exclusiveness, repugnance - the relation between propositions that cannot both be true at the same time
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References in classic literature ?
But he was not without contradictoriness and rebellion even towards his own resolve.
Strickland was just the man to rise superior to circumstances, when they were such as to occasion despondency in most; but whether this was due to equanimity of soul or to contradictoriness it would be difficult to say.
In these states it is as if the opposites of the world, whose contradictoriness and conflict make all our difficulties and troubles, were melted into unity (335) Of the two perspectives, Forster is of the Jamesian type.
(A lesser or modified version of contradictoriness is approximate contradictoriness, which pertains when religious claims are not formally contradictory.) Contrary religious claims also intend to assert something true, but neither needs to be.
(17) A more politically heightened offshoot of this genre uses the supposed contradictoriness of Rice's image as a warning sign of her complicity with power.
However, the case of the reportage in The Daily Star (1 October 2008) exhibits a glaring contradictoriness of message.
It is difficult to see how this could be shown: it seems highly plausible that after a few dozen millennia of pursuing a frustratingly elusive ideal, the immortals will recognize the untenable contradictoriness of their condition and succumb to the temptation to throw it all up as a bad job.
There, Hegel argues that the apparent contradictoriness of philosophical opinions is in an important sense illusory.
It also produces many equally irritating areas of vagueness, contradictoriness, and sheer pig-headedness.
The reason for his rejection of that communion, and for his horrible transformation--the initial inscrutability of which has led more than one critic to blame Bliss/Sunraider's contradictoriness for the novel's failure to cohere--may; I submit, be startlingly simple.
A su vez, esta cualidad especular es manifestacion externa de la naturaleza propia de los seres que pueblan el genero de horror: "They are beings or creatures which specialize in formlessness, incompleteness, categorical interstitiality and categorical contradictoriness" (Carroll 55).
A number of qualities are peculiar to risk, such as contradictoriness, alternativeness, uncertainty, specific historical nature.