Associations to the word «Paradox»


PARADOX, noun. A self-contradictory statement, which can only be true if it is false, and vice versa.
PARADOX, noun. A counterintuitive conclusion or outcome.
PARADOX, noun. A claim that two apparently contradictory ideas are true.
PARADOX, noun. A person or thing having contradictory properties.
PARADOX, noun. An unanswerable question or difficult puzzle, particularly one which leads to a deeper truth.
PARADOX, noun. (obsolete) A statement which is difficult to believe, or which goes against general belief.
PARADOX, noun. (uncountable) The use of counterintuitive or contradictory statements (paradoxes) in speech or writing.
PARADOX, noun. (uncountable) (philosophy) A state in which one is logically compelled to contradict oneself.
PARADOX, noun. (uncountable) (psychotherapy) 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.

Dictionary definition

PARADOX, noun. (logic) a statement that contradicts itself; "`I always lie' is a paradox because if it is true it must be false".

Wise words

Words, words, words! They shut one off from the universe. Three quarters of the time one's never in contact with things, only with the beastly words that stand for them.
Aldous Huxley