from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Contradiction or opposition, especially between two laws or rules.
- n. A contradiction between principles or conclusions that seem equally necessary and reasonable; a paradox.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An apparent contradiction between valid conclusions; a paradox
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Opposition of one law or rule to another law or rule.
- n. An opposing law or rule of any kind.
- n. A contradiction or incompatibility of thought or language; -- in the Kantian philosophy, such a contradiction as arises from the attempt to apply to the ideas of the reason, relations or attributes which are appropriate only to the facts or the concepts of experience.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The opposition of one law, rule, or principle to another.
- n. Any law, rule, or principle opposed to another.
- n. In metaphysics, according to Kant, an unavoidable contradiction into which reason falls when it applies to the transcendent and absolute the a priori conceptions of the understanding (categories: see category, 1), which are valid only within the limits of possible experience.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a contradiction between two statements that seem equally reasonable
Latin antinomia, from Greek antinomiā : anti-, anti- + nomos, law; see nem- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἀντί (anti, "against") + νόμος (nomos, "custom, law"). Surface analysis anti- (“opposite”) + -nomy (“law”) (Wiktionary)