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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)

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.

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."