contradictory contradictory  /ˌkɑn trə ˈdɪk tə ri/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) two propositions are contradictories if both cannot be true (or both cannot be false) at the same time
  2. (adj) of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true and both cannot be false
  3. (adj) that confounds or contradicts or confuses
  4. (adj) in disagreement
  5. (adj) unable to be both true at the same time

Usage(s):

  1. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is something else, an eccentric of complex, contradictory and exhausting character most of us hardly know.
  2. Apart from her contradictory beginning, Squeaky Fromme most of all expresses her adulation of Charles Manson and describes his perverse attraction.
  3. The situation had already been muddied by contradictory versions of how Bhutto died.

News

  1. AEG CEO cites conflicting info on Jackson health

    The head of the company promoting Michael Jackson's ill-fated comeback concerts says he received contradictory and confusing information about the singer's health just days before his death.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Channel 8 San Diego

  2. State of the Queer Arts

    I have always thought of Baltimore as a “queer” city. Beyond just the common definition of the word, Baltimore is the proud black sheep of the East Coast megalopolis. A city with as many layered, often contradictory, ever-changing personas as there are half-complete sets of fake eyelashes clumped together in the corner of my medicine cabinet. It’s where marginalized people of all identities ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Baltimore City Paper

  3. Prices going up for new homes

    It may seem contradictory, but as new home prices continue to go up across Middle Tennessee, builders have this advice for customers - there may never be a better time to buy than today.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: The Tennessean

Quotes

  1. "My views were was that this was Democrat posturing and a witch hunt," Terry said. "My trust in him in that position has taken a hit because of these contradictory statements by him."
    on Mar 31, 2007 By: Lee Terry Source: ABC News

  2. "The reports we received about a possible tsunami are contradictory so we've asked that, according to emergency disaster plans, authorities immediately begin the partial evacuation of Tumaco," said Uribe.
    on Aug 15, 2007 By: Alvaro Uribe Source: Forbes

  3. "What you've heard is all lies," Kasparov said after the sentence was read. "The testimony is contradictory. There was not a single word of truth."
    on Nov 24, 2007 By: Garry Kasparov Source: Forbes

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