Definition of 'contradiction'
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The contradictions are apparent in her first appearance, when we find her in a halfway house for recovering addicts. Times, Sunday Times (2016)To undermine liberty in the name of protecting a way of life is a contradiction in terms. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It will become apparent that there are many contradictions. Times, Sunday Times (2008)This apparent contradiction could be down to lower drink and food prices. The Sun (2006)You see no contradiction in helping both couples. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Was free labour a contradiction in terms? Democracy and its Critics - Anglo-American democratic thought in the nineteenth century (1989)It proved to be one of the many contradictions in his life. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The commonest explanation for this apparent contradiction is that poverty and anxiety intensified the need for escapism. The Times Literary Supplement (2010)You could see the contradictions being played out on his face. Times, Sunday Times (2006)This is surely a contradiction in terms. Times, Sunday Times (2007)And it is surprising how many small contradictions and repetitions there are. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Such politicians see no contradiction between a sense of public duty and keeping things in proportion. Times, Sunday Times (2010)That would be a contradiction in terms. Times, Sunday Times (2016)One apparent contradiction was the general dislike of housework but not a denial of the housework role. Critical Social Research (1990)Most see no contradiction between those twin desires. Times, Sunday Times (2012)How do you answer the apparent contradiction of the next two verses? Christianity Today (2000)How to explain so many contradictions? Times, Sunday Times (2010)Charities should not manage prisons: it would be a direct contradiction of charitable purposes. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The contradictions and conflicts in Marxist theory had long been apparent to western critics. The Global Marketplace (1993)Wrestling is absurd yet necessary; a far from infrequent contradiction in life. Times, Sunday Times (2013)This crowding in of history serves instead to intensify a consciousness of the pressures and contradictions of life and society in the present. Molly Keane's Ireland (1993)Yet Assange seems to have just as many contradictions as those about whom he complains so bitterly. Times, Sunday Times (2011)They understand complication and contradiction! The Times Literary Supplement (2014)
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Translations for 'contradiction'
British English: contradiction /ˌkɒntrəˈdɪkʃən/ NOUN
A contradiction is an aspect of a situation which appears to conflict with other aspects, so that they cannot all exist or be successful.
...the contradictions between her private life and public life.
- American English: contradiction
- Arabic: تَنَاقُض
- Brazilian Portuguese: contradição
- Chinese: 矛盾
- Croatian: kontradikcija
- Czech: rozpor
- Danish: modsigelse
- Dutch: tegenspraak
- European Spanish: contradicción
- Finnish: ristiriita paradoksi
- French: contradiction
- German: Widerspruch
- Greek: αντίφαση
- Italian: contraddizione
- Japanese: 反駁
- Korean: 반박
- Norwegian: motsigelse
- Polish: zaprzeczenie
- European Portuguese: contradição
- Romanian: contradicție
- Russian: противоречие
- Spanish: contradicción
- Swedish: motsägelse
- Thai: ความขัดแย้ง
- Turkish: çelişki
- Ukrainian: протиріччя
- Vietnamese: sự mâu thuẫn
Definition of contradiction from the Collins English Dictionary
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