Definition of contradiction noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌkɒntrəˈdɪkʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːntrəˈdɪkʃn//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] contradiction (between A and B) a lack of agreement between facts, opinions, actions, etc. There is a contradiction between the two sets of figures. His public speeches are in direct contradiction to his personal lifestyle. How can we resolve this apparent contradiction?
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] the act of saying that something that somebody else has said is wrong or not true; an example of this I think I can say, without fear of contradiction, that… Now you say you both left at ten—that's a contradiction of your last statement.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin contradictio(n-), from the verb contradicere, originally contra dicere ‘speak against’.Extra examples That’s in direct contradiction to what he said yesterday. The idea is almost a contradiction in terms. There is an apparent contradiction between the needs of workers and those of employers. There’s a basic contradiction in the whole idea of paying for justice.Idioms
    a contradiction in terms
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    a statement containing two words that contradict each other’s meaning A ‘nomad settlement’ is a contradiction in terms.
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