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CONTRADICTORY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contradictory mean? 

CONTRADICTORY (noun)
  The noun CONTRADICTORY has 1 sense:

1. two propositions are contradictories if both cannot be true (or both cannot be false) at the same time

  Familiarity information: CONTRADICTORY used as a noun is very rare.


CONTRADICTORY (adjective)
  The adjective CONTRADICTORY has 4 senses:

1. of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true and both cannot be false
2. that confounds or contradicts or confuses
3. in disagreement
4. unable to be both true at the same time

  Familiarity information: CONTRADICTORY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONTRADICTORY (noun)


Sense 1contradictory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Two propositions are contradictories if both cannot be true (or both cannot be false) at the same time

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

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

logical relation (a relation between propositions)


CONTRADICTORY (adjective)


Sense 1contradictory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true and both cannot be false

Context example:

'perfect' and 'imperfect' are contradictory terms

Similar:

antonymous (of words: having opposite meanings)


Sense 2contradictory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

That confounds or contradicts or confuses

Synonyms:

confounding; contradictory

Similar:

unsupportive (not furnishing support or assistance)


Sense 3contradictory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In disagreement

Synonyms:

at odds; conflicting; self-contradictory; contradictory

Context examples:

the figures are at odds with our findings / contradictory attributes of unjust justice and loving vindictiveness

Similar:

inconsistent (displaying a lack of consistency)


Sense 4contradictory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unable to be both true at the same time

Synonyms:

mutually exclusive; contradictory

Similar:

incompatible (not compatible)


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