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English Dictionary: contradiction by the DICT Development Group
2 results for contradiction
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas
  2. (logic) a statement that is necessarily false; "the statement `he is brave and he is not brave' is a contradiction"
    Synonym(s): contradiction, contradiction in terms
  3. the speech act of contradicting someone; "he spoke as if he thought his claims were immune to contradiction"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Contradiction \Con`tra*dic"tion\, n. [L. contradictio answer,
      objection: cf. F. contradiction.]
      1. An assertion of the contrary to what has been said or
            affirmed; denial of the truth of a statement or assertion;
            contrary declaration; gainsaying.
                     His fair demands Shall be accomplished without
                     contradiction.                                    --Shak.
      2. Direct opposition or repugnancy; inconsistency;
            incongruity or contrariety; one who, or that which, is
                     can be make deathless death? That were to make
                     Strange contradiction.                        --Milton.
                     We state our experience and then we come to a manly
                     resolution of acting in contradiction to it.
                     Both parts of a contradiction can not possibly be
                     true.                                                --Hobbes.
                     Of contradictions infinite the slave. --Wordsworth.
      {Principle of contradiction} (Logic), the axiom or law of
            thought that a thing cannot be and not be at the same
            time, or a thing must either be or not be, or the same
            attribute can not at the same time be affirmed and and
            denied of the same subject.
      Note: It develops itself in three specific forms which have
               been called the [bd]Three Logical Axioms.[b8] First,
               [bd]A is A.[b8] Second, [bd]A is not Not-A[b8] Third,
               [bd]Everything is either A or Not-A.[b8]
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