What does Paradox mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. paradox(noun)

    (logic) a statement that contradicts itself

    "`I always lie' is a paradox because if it is true it must be false"

Wiktionary

  1. paradox(Noun)

    A self-contradictory statement, which can only be true if it is false, and vice versa.

    "This sentence is false" is a paradox.

    Etymology: From paradoxe < paradoxum, from παρ?δοξο?.

  2. paradox(Noun)

    A counterintuitive conclusion or outcome.

    It is an interesting paradox that drinking a lot of water can often make you feel thirsty.

    Etymology: From paradoxe < paradoxum, from παρ?δοξο?.

  3. paradox(Noun)

    A claim that two apparently contradictory ideas are true.

    Not having a fashion is a fashion; that's a paradox.

    Etymology: From paradoxe < paradoxum, from παρ?δοξο?.

  4. paradox(Noun)

    A person or thing having contradictory properties.

    He is a paradox; you would not expect him in that political party.

    Etymology: From paradoxe < paradoxum, from παρ?δοξο?.

  5. paradox(Noun)

    An unanswerable question or difficult puzzle, particularly one which leads to a deeper truth.

    Etymology: From paradoxe < paradoxum, from παρ?δοξο?.

  6. paradox(Noun)

    A statement which is difficult to believe, or which goes against general belief.

    Etymology: From paradoxe < paradoxum, from παρ?δοξο?.

  7. paradox(Noun)

    The use of counterintuitive or contradictory statements (paradoxes) in speech or writing.

    Etymology: From paradoxe < paradoxum, from παρ?δοξο?.

  8. paradox(Noun)

    A state in which one is logically compelled to contradict oneself.

    Etymology: From paradoxe < paradoxum, from παρ?δοξο?.

  9. paradox(Noun)

    The practice of giving instructions that are opposed to the therapist's actual intent, with the intention that the client will disobey or be unable to obey.

    Etymology: From paradoxe < paradoxum, from παρ?δοξο?.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paradox(noun)

    a tenet or proposition contrary to received opinion; an assertion or sentiment seemingly contradictory, or opposed to common sense; that which in appearance or terms is absurd, but yet may be true in fact

    Etymology: [F. paradoxe, L. paradoxum, fr. Gr. para`doxon; para` beside, beyond, contrary to + dokei^n to think, suppose, imagine. See Para-, and Dogma.]

Freebase

  1. Paradox

    A paradox is an argument that produces an inconsistency, typically within logic or common sense. Most logical paradoxes are known to be invalid arguments but are still valuable in promoting critical thinking. However, some have revealed errors in definitions assumed to be rigorous, and have caused axioms of mathematics and logic to be re-examined. Still others, such as Curry's paradox, are not yet resolved. In common usage, the word "paradox" often refers to irony or contradiction. Examples outside logic include the Grandfather paradox from physics, and the Ship of Theseus from philosophy. Paradoxes can also take the form of images or other media. For example, M.C. Escher featured perspective-based paradoxes in many of his drawings.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Paradox

    par′a-doks, n. that which is contrary to received opinion, or that which is apparently absurd but really true.—n. Par′adoxer.—adjs. Paradox′ic, -al, of the nature of a paradox: inclined to paradoxes, said of persons.—adv. Paradox′ically.—ns. Paradox′icalness; Paradox′ides, a genus of trilobites; Par′adoxist; Par′adoxy, the quality of being paradoxical.—Hydrostatic paradox (see Hydrostatics). [Through Fr. and L., from Gr. paradoxonpara, contrary to, doxa, an opinion.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Paradox in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Paradox in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Paradox in a Sentence

  1. Erich Fromm:

    In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two.

  2. Kedar Joshi:

    The existence of God is not logically necessary, and yet, on the basis of some profound peculiar empirical order in the universe, it seems that He exists as the ultimate uncreated Being, implying a paradox, as no logically unnecessary entity can be uncreated. This paradox is the ultimate question asked by God, who is nothing but the ultimate questioner.

  3. Robert Cloninger:

    You’ve got this paradox of the people most likely to use it are the ones who are then going to be most vulnerable to its dangers.

  4. Jack London:

    There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive.

  5. Hossein Rassam:

    This has been always a paradox in the Islamic Republic, while the revolutionary state condones or supports such attacks to capitalize on their revolutionary momentum, the administration dismisses them as it should deal with their diplomatic consequences.

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