noun (plural-mies) Etymology: German Antinomie, from Latin antinomia conflict of laws, from Greek, from anti- + nomos law — more at nimbleDate: 1592 1. a contradiction between two apparently equally valid principles or between inferences correctly drawn from such principles 2. a fundamental and apparently unresolvable conflict or contradiction <antinomies of beauty and evil, freedom and slavery — Stephen Holden> • antinomicadjective
n. (pl. -ies) 1 a contradiction between two beliefs or conclusions that are in themselves reasonable; a paradox. 2 a conflict between two laws or authorities. Etymology: L antinomia f. Gk (as ANTI-, nomos law)
Antinomy An*tin"o*my (?; 277), n.; pl. Antinomies. [L. antinomia, Gr. ?; ? against + ? law.] 1. Opposition of one law or rule to another law or rule. Different commentators have deduced from it the very opposite doctrines. In some instances this apparent antinomy is doubtful. --De Quincey. 2. An opposing law or rule of any kind. As it were by his own antinomy, or counterstatute. --Milton. 3. (Metaph.) 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.