contradictory

  • 1 contradictory — I adjective abjuratory, absonant, adversative, adverse, antagonistic, antithetical, asserting the contrary, asserting the opposite, at odds, at variance, clashing, conflicting, confutative, confuting, contradicting, contradistinct,… …

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  • 2 Contradictory — Con tra*dict o*ry, a. [LL. contradictorius: cf. F. contradictoire.] 1. Affirming the contrary; implying a denial of what has been asserted; also, mutually contradicting; inconsistent. Contradictory assertions. South. [1913 Webster] 2. Opposing or …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 contradictory — n contrary, antithesis, opposite, antonym, antipode (see under OPPOSITE adj) Analogous words: *converse, reverse contradictory adj contrary, antithetical, *opposite, anton ymous, antipodal, antipodean Analogous words: negating, nullifying (see… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 4 Contradictory — Con tra*dict o*ry, n.; pl. {Contradictories}. 1. A proposition or thing which denies or opposes another; contrariety. [1913 Webster] It is common with princes to will contradictories. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. pl. (Logic) propositions with the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 contradictory — (adj.) 1530s, mutually opposed, at variance, from L.L. contradictorius containing a contradiction or objection, from contradictus, pp. of contradicere (see CONTRADICTION (Cf. contradiction)). Meaning fond of contradicting is from 1891. Used… …

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  • 6 contradictory — [adj] antagonistic adverse, against, agin, anti, antipodal, antipodean, antithetic, antithetical, con, conflicting, contrary, converse, counter, counteractive, diametric, discrepant, incompatible, incongruous, inconsistent, irreconcilable,… …

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  • 7 contradictory — ► ADJECTIVE 1) mutually opposed or inconsistent. 2) containing inconsistent elements. DERIVATIVES contradictorily adverb contradictoriness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 contradictory — [kän΄trə dik′tə rē] adj. [ME contradictorie < LL contradictorius] 1. involving a contradiction; inconsistent: also contradictive 2. inclined to contradict or deny n. pl. contradictories 1. something that contradicts; an opposite 2 …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 contradictory — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, seem, sound ADVERB ▪ completely ▪ The evidence is completely contradictory. ▪ …

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  • 10 contradictory — [[t]kɒ̱ntrədɪ̱ktəri, AM tɔːri[/t]] ADJ GRADED If two or more facts, ideas, or statements are contradictory, they state or imply that opposite things are true. Customs officials have made a series of contradictory statements about the equipment …

    English dictionary

  • 11 contradictory — con|tra|dic|to|ry [ˌkɔntrəˈdıktəri US ˌka:n ] adj two statements, beliefs etc that are contradictory are different and therefore cannot both be true or correct contradictory messages/statements/demands etc ▪ The public is being fed contradictory… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 contradictory — adjective two statements, beliefs etc that are contradictory, are different and therefore cannot both be true: The witnesses gave two completely contradictory accounts. see also: self contradictory …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 contradictory — adj. contradictory to * * * [ˌkɒntrə dɪkt(ə)rɪ] contradictory to …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 contradictory — I. noun (plural ries) Date: 14th century a proposition so related to another that if either of the two is true the other is false and if either is false the other must be true II. adjective Date: 1656 involving, causing, or constituting a… …

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  • 15 contradictory — contradictorily, adv. contradictoriness, n. /kon treuh dik teuh ree/, adj., n., pl. contradictories. adj. 1. asserting the contrary or opposite; contradicting; inconsistent; logically opposite: contradictory statements. 2. tending or inclined to… …

    Universalium

  • 16 contradictory — A contradictory position is one from which a contradiction follows …

    Philosophy dictionary

  • 17 contradictory — Synonyms and related words: abjuratory, abnegative, absonant, adversary, adversative, adverse, adversive, alien, ambiguous, ambivalent, antagonistic, anti, antipathetic, antipodal, antipode, antipodean, antipole, antithesis, antithetic,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 contradictory — con|tra|dic|to|ry [ ,kantrə dıktəri ] adjective contradictory statements, information, ideas, or beliefs disagree with each other and cannot both or all be true …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 contradictory — adjective their contradictory accounts angered the lieutenant Syn: opposed, in opposition, opposite, antithetical, contrary, contrasting, conflicting, at variance, at odds, opposing, clashing, divergent, discrepant, different; inconsistent,… …

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  • 20 contradictory — UK [ˌkɒntrəˈdɪkt(ə)rɪ] / US [ˌkɑntrəˈdɪktərɪ] adjective contradictory statements, information, ideas, or beliefs disagree with each other and cannot both or all be true …

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