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contradiction


  2  definitions  found 
 
  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 
  inconsistent. 
 
  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 
  --Burke. 
 
  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  ``Three  Logical  Axioms.''  First  ``A  is 
  A.''  Second  ``A  is  not  Not-A''  Third  ``Everything  is 
  either  A  or  Not-A.'' 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  contradiction 
  n  1:  opposition  between  two  conflicting  forces  or  ideas 
  2:  (in  logic)  a  statement  that  is  necessarily  false;  "the 
  statement  `he  is  brave  and  he  is  not  brave'  is  a 
  contradiction"  [syn:  {contradiction  in  terms}] 
  3:  the  speech  act  of  contradicting  someone  "he  spoke  as  if  he 
  thought  his  claims  were  immune  to  contradiction" 




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