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1. The act, state, or fact of contradicting oneself.
2. An idea or statement containing contradictory elements.

self′-con′tra·dic′to·ry (-dĭk′tə-rē) adj.
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an instance or instances of inherent contradiction
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1. an act or instance of contradicting oneself or itself.
2. a statement containing contradictory elements.
self′-contradict′ing, adj.
self′-contradic′tory, adj.
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Noun1.self-contradiction - contradicting yourself
contradiction - the speech act of contradicting someone; "he spoke as if he thought his claims were immune to contradiction"
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[ˌselfkɒntrəˈdɪkʃən] Ncontradicción f en sí
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