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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A usually unintentionally conflicting or contrary purpose.
  • idiom at cross-purposes Having or acting under a misunderstanding of each other's purposes: We're working at cross-purposes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A contrary or conflicting purpose or understanding, especially an unintentional or misconceived one.
  • n. A conversational game, in which questions and answers are made so as to involve ludicrous combinations of ideas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See Cross-purpose, in the Vocabulary.
  • n. A counter or opposing purpose; a contrary aim; hence, that which is inconsistent or contradictory.
  • n. A conversational game, in which questions and answers are made so as to involve ludicrous combinations of ideas.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An opposing or counter purpose; a conflicting intention or plan; a plan or course of action running counter to the plan or course of action purposed by another: most frequently in the plural: as, they are pursuing cross-purposes.
  • n. plural A sort of conversational game; a game of words or phrases used at random.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a contrary aim

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