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Noun: paradox  'per-u,dóks [N. Amer], 'pa-ru,dóks [Brit]
  1. (logic) a statement that contradicts itself
    "'I always lie' is a paradox because if it is true it must be false"
  2. A statement starting with something apparently true that leads to counterintuitive or unacceptable conclusions
  3. A person or thing having contradictory properties

Derived forms: paradoxes

Type of: contradiction, contradiction in terms

Encyclopedia: Paradox, New York