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Paradox definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PAR'ADOX, n. [Gr. beyond, and opinion; to or suppose.]
A tenet or proposition contrary to received opinion, or seemingly absurd,yet true in fact.
A gloss there is to color that paradox, and make it appear in show not to be altogether unreasonable.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: (logic) a statement that contradicts itself; "`I always lie' is a paradox because if it is true it must be false"

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Latin paradoxum, from Greek paradoxon, from neuter of paradoxos contrary to expectation, from para- + dokein to think, seem more at decent Date: 1540 1. a tenet contrary to received opinion 2. a. a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps true b. a self-contradictory statement that at first seems true c. an argument that apparently derives self-contradictory conclusions by valid deduction from acceptable premises 3. one (as a person, situation, or action) having seemingly contradictory qualities or phases

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a a seemingly absurd or contradictory statement, even if actually well-founded. b a self-contradictory or essentially absurd statement. 2 a person or thing conflicting with a preconceived notion of what is reasonable or possible. 3 a paradoxical quality or character. Etymology: orig. = a statement contrary to accepted opinion, f. LL paradoxum f. Gk paradoxon neut. adj. (as PARA-(1), doxa opinion)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Paradox Par`a*dox, n.; pl. Paradoxes. [F. paradoxe, L. paradoxum, fr. Gr. ?; ? beside, beyond, contrary to + ? to think, suppose, imagine. See Para-, and Dogma.] 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. A gloss there is to color that paradox, and make it appear in show not to be altogether unreasonable. --Hooker. This was sometime a paradox, but now the time gives it proof. --Shak. Hydrostatic paradox. See under Hydrostatic.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(paradoxes) 1. You describe a situation as a paradox when it involves two or more facts or qualities which seem to contradict each other. The paradox is that the region's most dynamic economies have the most primitive financial systems... N-COUNT 2. A paradox is a statement in which it seems that if one part of it is true, the other part of it cannot be true. Although I'm so successful I'm really rather a failure. That's a paradox, isn't it? N-VAR

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Absurdity (as appears at first sight, yet not so in fact), seeming contradiction.

Moby Thesaurus

Gordian knot, absurdity, ambiguity, ambivalence, antinomy, asymmetry, contradiction, crux, dilemma, disproportion, disproportionateness, enigma, equivocality, equivocation, heresy, heterodoxy, heterogeneity, hopelessness, impossibility, impossible, impossibleness, incoherence, incommensurability, incompatibility, inconceivability, incongruity, inconsistency, inconsonance, irony, irreconcilability, knot, knotty point, mystery, no chance, node, nodus, nonconformability, nonconformity, nonplus, oxymoron, perplexity, pons asinorum, poser, problem, puzzle, quandary, self-contradiction, teaser, the impossible, unconformability, unconformity, unimaginability, unorthodoxy, unthinkability, vexed question, what cannot be, what cannot happen

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