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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contradiction in terms mean? 

  The noun CONTRADICTION IN TERMS has 1 sense:

1. (logic) a statement that is necessarily false

  Familiarity information: CONTRADICTION IN TERMS used as a noun is very rare.

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Sense 1contradiction in terms [BACK TO TOP]


(logic) a statement that is necessarily false

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


contradiction in terms; contradiction

Context example:

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

Hypernyms ("contradiction in terms" 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 in terms"):

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

paradox ((logic) a statement that contradicts itself)

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