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CONTRADICTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contradiction mean? 

CONTRADICTION (noun)
  The noun CONTRADICTION has 3 senses:

1. opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas
2. (logic) a statement that is necessarily false
3. the speech act of contradicting someone

  Familiarity information: CONTRADICTION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONTRADICTION (noun)


Sense 1contradiction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Hypernyms ("contradiction" is a kind of...):

oppositeness; opposition (the relation between opposed entities)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "contradiction"):

dialectic (a contradiction of ideas that serves as the determining factor in their interaction)


Sense 2contradiction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(logic) a statement that is necessarily false

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

contradiction in terms; contradiction

Context example:

the statement 'he is brave and he is not brave' is a contradiction

Hypernyms ("contradiction" is a kind of...):

falsehood; falsity; untruth (a false statement)

Domain category:

logic (the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "contradiction"):

antinomy (a contradiction between two statements that seem equally reasonable)

paradox ((logic) a statement that contradicts itself)


Sense 3contradiction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The speech act of contradicting someone

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

he spoke as if he thought his claims were immune to contradiction

Hypernyms ("contradiction" is a kind of...):

negation (the speech act of negating)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "contradiction"):

self-contradiction (contradicting yourself)


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