American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true: the paradox that standing is more tiring than walking.
- n. One exhibiting inexplicable or contradictory aspects: "The silence of midnight, to speak truly, though apparently a paradox, rung in my ears” ( Mary Shelley).
- n. An assertion that is essentially self-contradictory, though based on a valid deduction from acceptable premises.
- n. A statement contrary to received opinion.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A statement or proposition which at first view seems absurd, or at variance with common sense, or which actually or apparently contradicts some ascertained truth or received opinion, though on investigation or when explained it may appear to be well founded. As a rhetorical figure its use is well exemplified in the first quotation.
- n. The platypus or water-mole, Ornithorhynchus paradoxus.
- n. A self-contradictory statement, which can only be true if it is false, and vice versa. transl. usage
- n. A counterintuitive conclusion or outcome. usage syn.
- n. A claim that two apparently contradictory ideas are true. transl.
- n. A person or thing having contradictory properties. syn. transl.
- n. An unanswerable question or difficult puzzle, particularly one which leads to a deeper truth. usage syn.
- n. obsolete A statement which is difficult to believe, or which goes against general belief.
- n. uncountable The use of counterintuitive or contradictory statements (paradoxes) in speech or writing.
- n. uncountable, philosophy A state in which one is logically compelled to contradict oneself.
- n. uncountable, psychotherapy The practice of giving instructions that are opposed to the therapist's actual intent, with the intention that the client will disobey or be unable to obey. syn.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A tenet or proposition contrary to received opinion; an assertion or sentiment seemingly contradictory, or opposed to common sense; that which in appearance or terms is absurd, but yet may be true in fact.
- n. (logic) a statement that contradicts itself
- From Middle French paradoxe paradoxum, from Ancient Greek παράδοξος (paradoxos, "unexpected, strange"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin paradoxum, from Greek paradoxon, from neuter sing. of paradoxos, conflicting with expectation : para-, beyond; see para-1 + doxa, opinion (from dokein, to think; see dek- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The twin paradox is resolved when one observes that one of the twins accelerated during the turnaround, which means that his reference frame was not inertial and thus could not be used in the framework of special relativity.”
“Quite naturally, in the literature they don't use the term paradox, of course.”
“To give you some background, the word paradox is Latin for 'beyond opinion.”
“Donne takes both love and religion seriously; it will show, further, that the paradox is here his inevitable instrument.”
“I thought the writers were staying with mind transport only (into your future/past body), so that a paradox is avoided.”
“I know this paradox is apparent everywhere, but it does not make it any less important to address.”
“When the paradox is addressed, it is usually done so only briefly, by saying that the one who feels the acceleration is the one who is younger at the end of the trip.”
“Shall I tell you something that sounds like what they call a paradox?”
“Because this paradox is historically derived, it would be a mistake to confuse the ways in which indigenous cultures treat animals and plants as "people" with an anthropocentrism produced by the idea of abstract freedom.”
“But the paradox is here; when cultivated people do stay away from a certain portion of the population, when all social advantages are persistently withheld, it may be for years, the result itself is pointed to as a reason and is used as an argument, for the continued withholding.”
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