Definition of paradoxical in English:



  • Seemingly absurd or self-contradictory.

    ‘by glorifying the acts of violence they achieve the paradoxical effect of making them trivial’
    • ‘It would be paradoxical to advocate an inquiry into inquiries, but we can begin to see criteria that will make them more likely to succeed.’
    • ‘It is also about the paradoxical tension between human freedom and divine providence.’
    • ‘Both appear to have a paradoxical effect of either increasing or decreasing the stress response.’
    • ‘In the end his interest in ‘ordinary’ life accompanies a paradoxical despair about change.’
    • ‘The paradoxical truth is that nothing is more unpopular with the public than the pursuit of the public interest.’
    contradictory, self-contradictory, inconsistent, incongruous, anomalous, conflicting
    improbable, impossible, odd, illogical, confusing, absurd, puzzling, baffling, bewildering, incomprehensible, inexplicable
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