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Adjective: contradictory  ,kón-tru'dik-tu-ree
  1. Of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true and both cannot be false
    "'perfect' and 'imperfect' are contradictory terms"
  2. That confounds, contradicts or confuses
    - confounding
  3. In disagreement
    "contradictory attributes of unjust justice and loving vindictiveness"; "the figures are self-contradictory with our findings";
    - at odds, conflicting, self-contradictory
  4. Unable for both to exist or be true at the same time
    - mutually exclusive
Noun: contradictory  ,kón-tru'dik-tu-ree
  1. Two propositions are contradictories if both cannot be true (or both cannot be false) at the same time

Derived forms: contradictories

See also: antonymous, incompatible, inconsistent, unsupportive

Type of: logical relation

Encyclopedia: Contradictory