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Definition of "contradictory" []

  • Involving, of the nature of, or being a contradiction. See Synonyms at opposite. (adjective)
  • Given to contradicting. (adjective)
  • Logic Either of two propositions related in such a way that it is impossible for both to be true or both to be false. (noun)
  • Inconsistent; incompatible (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Given to argument and contention (adjective)
  • (of a pair of statements) unable both to be true or both to be false under the same circumstances (adjective)
  • A statement that cannot be true when a given statement is true, or false when it is false (noun)

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Use "contradictory" in a sentence
  • "Mr. Morellet, who grew up in the western French town of Cholet, where he still lives, never went to art school and has always cultivated what he calls "contradictory tastes.""
  • "Mrs Coetzer was reacting to what she termed contradictory statements issued by Ms Metcalfe about the payment of school fees at State schools and State-aided schools."
  • "Chagoya intentionally places the religious iconography in contradictory, unexpected and sometimes controversial contexts."