Definition of paradoxical adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌpærəˈdɒksɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌpærəˈdɑːksɪkl//
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  1. 1(of a person, thing or situation) having two opposite features and therefore seeming strange It is paradoxical that some of the poorest people live in some of the richest areas of the country.
  2. 2(of a statement) containing two opposite ideas that make it seem impossible or unlikely, although it is probably true These seemingly paradoxical statements need to be looked at a little further to get the true picture.