• (RP) IPA: /ˌkɒntɹəˈdɪkʃən/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌkɑːntɹəˈdɪkʃən/


  1. (countable, uncountable) The act of contradicting.
    His contradiction of the proposal was very interesting.
  2. (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.
  3. (countable) A logical inconsistency among two or more elements or propositions.
    Marx believed that the contradictions of capitalism would lead to socialism.
  4. (logic, countable) A proposition that is false for all values of its variables.
  • (statement that contradicts itself) oxymoron
  • (proposition that is false for all values of its variables) ↯, ⇒⇐, ⊥, ↮, ※
  • (proposition that is false for all values of its variables) tautology
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