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


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  • From Middle French paradoxe, from Latin paradoxum, from Ancient Greek παράδοξος ("unexpected, strange").

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