contradictory


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contradictory

adjective abjuratory, absonant, adverse, antagonistic, antithetical, asserting the contrary, asserting the opposite, at odds, at variance, conflicting, confutative, confuting, contradicting, contrapositive, contrarious, contrarius, contrary, contrary to reason, contrasted, converse, counter, counteractant, countervailing, denying, diametrically opposite, disclaiming, discordant, discrepant, dissentient, diversus, in the opposite scale, inconsistent, inverse, irreconcilable, negating, negatory, obverse, opponent, opposed, opposing, opposite, oppositional, oppositive, refutatory, refuting, repugnans, reverse, tout au contraire, unreconciled
Associated concepts: contradiction of a writing, contradiccory evidence, contradictory findings, contradictory instruccions, contradictory statement
Foreign phrases: Allegans contraria non est audiendus.One making contradictory allegations is not to be heard. Cum duo inter se pugnantia reperiuntur in testamento, ultimum ratum est. When two things repugnant to each other are found in a will, the last shall be confirmed.
See also: adverse, antipathetic, contrary, different, discordant, disparate, hostile, illogical, incompatible, incongruous, inconsistent, negative, opposite, polemic, repugnant
References in classic literature ?
Without seeking to reconcile what was contradictory between Captain Nemo's manifest aversion to islands and continents, and his invitation to hunt in a forest, I contented myself with replying:
Things that sound contradictory should be examined by the same rules as in dialectical refutation whether the same thing is meant, in the same relation, and in the same sense.
And what a faculty they have for the most contradictory sensations
In the meanwhile," continued the magistrate, "our codes are in full force, with all their contradictory enactments derived from Gallic customs, Roman laws, and Frank usages; the knowledge of all which, you will agree, is not to be acquired without extended labor; it needs tedious study to acquire this knowledge, and, when acquired, a strong power of brain to retain it.
And now, my dear auditors, I must confess that there are contradictory statements and some uncertainty about the adventures of the chair for a period of almost ten years.
Of such contradictory materials is the human mind composed!
In this state of mind the four walls of his room made an intolerable prison to him; they seemed to hem in and press down upon him all the crowd of contradictory thoughts and conflicting feelings, some of which would fly away in the open air.
I met him collectedly--I could not meet him cheerfully; he was standing on the rug, his back to the fire--how much did I read in the expression of his eye as my glance encountered his, when I advanced to bid him good morning; how much that was contradictory to my nature
At other times I thought that perhaps after all these treacherous savages had made away with him, and thence the confusion into which they were thrown by my questions, and their contradictory answers, or he might be a captive in some other part of the valley, or, more dreadful still, might have met with that fate at which my very soul shuddered.
You have my thoughts exactly as they arise, my dear Fanny; perhaps they are sometimes contradictory, but it will not be a less faithful picture of my mind.
The Lady Henrietta followed the usual progress of pretty women, particularly coquettish women; she passed from caprice to contradiction; -- the gallant had undergone the caprice, the courtier must bend beneath the contradictory humor.
It was full of contradictory suggestions, and though it was by no means the glowing orb of a hero of romance, you could find in it almost anything you looked for.