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It seems paradoxical: fewer miles driven wears out discs and pads more quickly. Times, Sunday Times (2017)To this layman's eyes, there is something paradoxical about it. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It seems paradoxical to suggest that you will discover what you want to write by writing. Between Worlds: A Reader, Rhetoric and Handbook (1995)His line gave the paradoxical effect of being at once tentative and confident. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Yet there is something paradoxical in all this. The Sun (2006) Something deep and paradoxical like that anyway. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Both seem to exude a paradoxical knowledge of something that it is not quite possible to know. Times, Sunday Times (2009)This is because taking it for too long can have the paradoxical effect of making bones more brittle. Times, Sunday Times (2015)At this stage, paradoxical intention seemed the last resort. POSITIVELY FEARLESS: Breaking free of the fears that hold you back (2001)And yet this reliance on the East had a paradoxical effect. SPICE: The History of a Temptation (2004)In a paradoxical way, economic slumps are very good for young artists and performers. Times, Sunday Times (2009)This paradoxical effect is uncanny, which is why the wolf is more disturbing than any other predator. Times, Sunday Times (2015)It may seem paradoxical that an increase in taxes produces this uncertainty, but this may be explained as follows. Urbanization in Post-Apartheid South Africa (1990)Some sedatives produce the paradoxical effect of making the person more anxious, excited or aggressive than he or she was in the first place. Know Your Own Mind (1991)When facing a list that's longer than you are tall, the practice of stillness seems paradoxical. Christianity Today (2000)It seems paradoxical that mankind has almost wiped out this animal whilst taking its descendant, the dog, to its heart. THE DOG LISTENER: Learning the Language of your Best Friend (2002)In a paradoxical way, I think the opposite has occurred. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Further down the bureaucratic hierarchy, the classic rational image of the bureaucrat seems to prevail, but in the boundary layer something paradoxical can happen. Politics, Planning and the State (1990)
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British English: paradoxical ADJECTIVE
If something is paradoxical, it involves two facts or qualities which seem to contradict each other.
Some sedatives produce the paradoxical effect of making the person more anxious.
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