From Middle French paradoxe, from Latin paradoxum, from Ancient Greek παράδοξος (parádoxos, “unexpected, strange”).
paradox (plural paradoxes)
- An apparently self-contradictory statement, which can only be true if it is false, and vice versa.
- A counterintuitive conclusion or outcome.
- A claim that two apparently contradictory ideas are true.
- A thing involving contradictory yet interrelated elements that exist simultaneously and persist over time.
- A person or thing having contradictory properties.
- An unanswerable question or difficult puzzle, particularly one which leads to a deeper truth.
- (obsolete) A statement which is difficult to believe, or which goes against general belief.
- (uncountable) The use of counterintuitive or contradictory statements (paradoxes) in speech or writing.
- (uncountable, philosophy) A state in which one is logically compelled to contradict oneself.
- (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.
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