Paradoxically definition synonyms

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[ par-uh-dok-sik-lee ]

/ ˌpær əˈdɒk sɪk li /


in a self-contradictory or seemingly self-contradictory way: Paradoxically, the more we know, the more we identify an increasing number of questions to which we as yet have no answers.



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Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?

OTHER WORDS FROM paradoxically


Words nearby paradoxically

paradoxical, paradoxical contraction, paradoxical diaphragm phenomenon, paradoxical embolism, paradoxical intention, paradoxically, paradoxical pulse, paradoxical reflex, paradoxical respiration, paradoxical sleep, paradrop Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use paradoxically in a sentence

  • In “Free Guy,” Reynolds takes center stage as a bank teller in an online game who paradoxically develops autonomy only after he realizes — shades of “The Matrix” — that he has no autonomy.

    12 summer movies that just might get you off the couch and into the theater|Michael O'Sullivan|June 3, 2021|Washington Post

  • The vaccine appears to boost immunity in some situations, but paradoxically, BCG may also calm an overactive immune system.

    A repurposed TB vaccine shows early promise against diseases like diabetes and MS|Amanda B. Keener|June 2, 2021|Science News

  • Economists initially observed that, somewhat paradoxically, economic growth did not reliably increase a country’s happiness.

    COVID-19 Reminded Us Of Just How Unequal America Is|Neil Lewis Jr. ([email protected])|March 29, 2021|FiveThirtyEight

  • That’s especially true given that some researchers think that constantly trying to avoid boredom paradoxically makes you more bored.

    There’s a right and wrong way to be bored|Sara Chodosh|January 22, 2021|Popular-Science

  • Bush argues that Goths’ success in aging has a lot to do with their ability to juggle opposing, seemingly paradoxical energies.

    Do ‘elder Goths’ hold the secret to aging successfully?|David Walter|January 12, 2021|Washington Post

  • Yet for a vivid decade or so, sleaze was, somewhat paradoxically, a force for literacy and empowerment.

    How Pulp Fiction Saved Literature|Wendy Smith|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • That reactivity paradoxically is what makes its sudden coming and going mysterious.

    Methane on Mars: Life or Just Gas?|Matthew R. Francis|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Paradoxically, it will increase the risk that Ebola will spread in those countries and to other countries.

    They May Sound Like a Good Idea, But Travel Bans for Ebola Won’t Work|Abby Haglage|October 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Paradoxically, it was never proved that Hart and Rice had sex.

    How Gary Hart Became the First Political Sex Scandal Casualty|Lloyd Grove|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Paradoxically, that strength has put us into a very vulnerable position.

    Is Democracy Doomed Abroad?|James Poulos|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Bierce, paradoxically, combined the bizarre in substance, the severely restrained and compressed in form.

    The Letters of Ambrose Bierce|Ambrose Bierce

  • "I'm too Irish for that," he said, rather paradoxically, I thought.

    My New Curate|P.A. Sheehan

  • So the joy that the singer gave out went to gladden the world, and that which she gave, paradoxically enough, remained with her.

    Spirit and Music|H. Ernest Hunt

  • Disintegration itself—in a paradoxically pathetic attempt at reconstruction—had built Glendale.

    The Dwelling Place of Light, Complete|Winston Churchill

  • Sometimes, in those conversations, she was somewhat paradoxically impelled to defend her sister.

    The Dwelling Place of Light, Complete|Winston Churchill


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“You have to spend money to make money.” That’s a paradoxical statement used by people in business, and it seems to say two opposite things that contradict each other, but if you think about it, it’s actually kind of true.

Paradoxical is an adjective that describes a paradox, something with two meanings that don’t make sense together. Its Greek roots translate to “contrary opinion,” and when two different opinions collide in one statement or action, that’s paradoxical. In Shakespeare’s play "Hamlet," Hamlet’s mother marries the man who killed Hamlet’s father, but she doesn’t know it. As Hamlet plots to kill the murderer to protect his mother, he says this paradoxical phrase: “I must be cruel to be kind.”

Definitions of paradoxical

  1. adjective

    seemingly contradictory but nonetheless possibly true

    “it is paradoxical that standing is more tiring than walking”

    incomprehensible, inexplicable

    incapable of being explained or accounted for

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[ par-uh-dok-si-kuhl ]

/ ˌpær əˈdɒk sɪ kəl /


having the nature of a paradox; self-contradictory.

Medicine/Medical. not being the normal or usual kind: Stimulants are a paradoxical, albeit effective, medication used for certain forms of hyperactivity.



We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.

Question 1 of 8

Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?

Rarely par·a·dox·al[par-uh-dok-suhl] /ˌpær əˈdɒk səl/ .

OTHER WORDS FROM paradoxical

par·a·dox·i·cal·ly,adverbpar·a·dox·i·cal·i·ty[par-uh-dok-si-kal-i-tee], /ˌpær əˌdɒk sɪˈkæl ɪ ti/, par·a·dox·i·cal·ness,nounnon·par·a·dox·i·cal,adjectivenon·par·a·dox·i·cal·ness,noun


Words nearby paradoxical

Paradiso, paradoctor, parador, parados, paradox, paradoxical, paradoxical contraction, paradoxical diaphragm phenomenon, paradoxical embolism, paradoxical intention, paradoxically Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Words related to paradoxical

antithetical, reversed, antagonistic, adverse, contradictory, differing, mystifying, puzzling, baffling, thorny, complicated, convoluted, mysterious, knotty, worrying, confusing, disconcerting, ambiguous, problematic, suspicious

How to use paradoxical in a sentence

  • It might seem paradoxical that Nebraskans, especially those in rural areas, identify with and vote for Republicans despite the opposition of GOP officials on some popular issues.

    What Democrats Can Learn From Nebraska’s Shift To The Right|Ross Benes ([email protected])|December 30, 2020|FiveThirtyEight

  • Like the McDonald’s hamburger, the McRib is soft food, its only resistance provided by the pickle and onion garnishes, which is sort of paradoxical.

    The McRib is back at McDonald’s, and after a taste, I still don’t get its cult appeal|Tim Carman|December 3, 2020|Washington Post

  • That’s the paradoxical set of conclusions to draw from the BofA Securities’ latest fund manager survey.

    The tech-stock bulls are back|Bernhard Warner|September 16, 2020|Fortune

  • Sorokin has studied another paradoxical phenomenon in vibrating liquids — the fact that bubbles sink to the bottom of the liquid rather than rising to the top.

    Toy boats float upside down underneath a layer of levitated liquid|Maria Temming|September 2, 2020|Science News

  • The fact that healthcare is struggling may seem paradoxical, given the overwhelming need for healthcare services right now.

    COVID-19 has altered paid search: How marketers can adjust strategies|Brianna Desmet|May 29, 2020|Search Engine Watch

  • The two major complaints minority communities have against the police seem at first glance paradoxical.

    Ground Zero of the NYPD Slowdown|Batya Ungar-Sargon|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • She would be such a target for conservatives, it may end up having a paradoxical effect on Democrats.

    Elizabeth Warren’s Biggest Donors Warn Her Not to Run for President|David Freedlander|July 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • The Phelps family, too, manifested a paradoxical blend of intellectual curiosity and abusive behavior-policing.

    ‘Banished’ Lauren Drain on Growing Up in the Westboro Baptist Church|David Sessions|March 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST

  • This is the story of my education and my debt—a paradoxical combination.

    Did My Education Cost Too Much?|Jessica Feldman|September 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST

  • Modernism may have been a heady project, but it could never escape the paradoxical longing to become museum classics.

    Robert Hughes: A Fierce Critic and Powerful Voice Now Silenced|Simon Schama|August 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST

  • Albrechts views, or rather convictions, were extraordinarily paradoxical.

    The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky

  • It seems paradoxical to observe that the art of listening well forms a part of the duty of conversation.

    The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley

  • And his glance, anxious and beseeching, sought the Nabob, as though to demand his pardon for all these paradoxical impertinences.

    The Nabob|Alphonse Daudet

  • The symptoms noted are extraordinarily rapid and paradoxical changes of disposition.

    Essays In Pastoral Medicine|Austin Malley

  • Perhaps they are the same ones I hated to see come into the gym, but I feel no sense of being paradoxical.

    My Wonderful Visit|Charlie Chaplin

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388 synonyms found


[ pˌaɹədˈɒksɪkə͡l], [ pˌaɹədˈɒksɪkə‍l], [ p_ˌa_ɹ_ə_d_ˈɒ_k_s_ɪ_k_əl]
  • adj.

    absurd (adjective)
    • implausible,
    • idiotic,
    • incongruous,
    • eccentric,
    • anachronistic,
    • preposterous,
    • invalid,
    • senseless,
    • absurd,
    • nonsensical,
    • irrational,
    • stupid,
    • inconsistent,
    • silly,
    • impossible,
    • inane,
    • ludicrous,
    • outlandish,
    • meaningless,
    • bizarre,
    • fallacious,
    • crazy,
    • illogical,
    • ridiculous,
    • farcical,
    • foolish.
    all (adjective)complex (adjective)
    • interwoven,
    • involved,
    • crabbed,
    • tortuous,
    • sinuous,
    • disordered,
    • inscrutable,
    • complicated,
    • undecipherable,
    • puzzling,
    • jumbled,
    • entangled,
    • knotty,
    • mixed,
    • impenetrable,
    • intricate,
    • knotted,
    • enigmatic,
    • bewildering,
    • muddled,
    • discursive,
    • meandering,
    • tangled,
    • abstruse,
    • convoluted,
    • hidden,
    • disturbing,
    • snarled,
    • rambling,
    • recondite,
    • labyrinthine,
    • mazy,
    • byzantine,
    • inter-woven,
    • confused,
    • sophisticated,
    • Mingled,
    • gordian,
    • circuitous,
    • round-about,
    • winding,
    • unfathomable,
    • obscure,
    • daedalean,
    • excursive.
    conflicting (adjective)
    • dissonant,
    • antagonistic,
    • clashing,
    • disconsonant,
    • at odds with,
    • discordant,
    • antipathetic,
    • Inconsonant,
    • discrepant,
    • incompatible,
    • adverse,
    • unmixable,
    • Contrariant,
    • incongruent,
    • unfavorable.
    contradictory (adjective)
    • diametric,
    • antipodal,
    • antipodean,
    • negating,
    • antithetical,
    • con,
    • repugnant,
    • Against,
    • irreconcilable,
    • counteractive,
    • ornery,
    • Nullifying.
    contrary (adjective)
    • dissident,
    • unruly,
    • hostile,
    • rebellious,
    • contumacious,
    • recalcitrant,
    • nonconforming,
    • negative,
    • restive,
    • inimical,
    • insubordinate,
    • refractory,
    • froward,
    • perverse,
    • balky,
    • intractable.
    difficult (adjective)ironic (adjective)ironic/ironical (adjective)
    • derisive,
    • Jibing,
    • bitter,
    • trenchant,
    • sharp,
    • clever,
    • pungent,
    • disparaging,
    • witty,
    • biting,
    • alert,
    • quick-witted,
    • contemptuous,
    • Chaffing,
    • scoffing,
    • arrogant,
    • caustic,
    • cynical,
    • incisive,
    • burlesque,
    • cutting,
    • spicy,
    • sardonic,
    • Backbiting,
    • sneering,
    • acrid,
    • critical,
    • defiant,
    • twisted,
    • keen,
    • exaggerated.
    opposite (adjective)
    • separate,
    • contrapositive,
    • facing,
    • corresponding,
    • Contrasted,
    • unalike,
    • violative,
    • crosswise,
    • most opposite,
    • unrelated,
    • retrograde,
    • Fronting,
    • flipside,
    • obverse,
    • dissimilar,
    • diametrically opposed,
    • unsimilar,
    • diverse,
    • reversed,
    • flip-side,
    • unconnected,
    • independent.
    Other relevant words: (adjective)
    • conflicting,
    • contrary,
    • recusant,
    • antithetic,
    • mordant,
    • beyond one,
    • ambiguous,
    • obstinate,
    • dissentient,
    • mind-bending,
    • opposite,
    • AGIN,
    • complex,
    • cryptic,
    • perplexing,
    • non-conformist,
    • difficult,
    • under examination,
    • anti,
    • dubitable,
    • hard to believe,
    • scathing,
    • wayward,
    • questionable,
    • open to question,
    • no go,
    • Controvertible,
    • mocking,
    • headstrong,
    • satiric,
    • spoofing,
    • stubborn,
    • satirical,
    • head-strong,
    • open to doubt,
    • wry,
    • unconfirmed,
    • unproven,
    • contradictory,
    • nonconformist,
    • under advisement,
    • uncomplimentary,
    • wrongheaded,
    • double-edged.
    perplexing (adjective)questionable (adjective)
    • indefinite,
    • provisional,
    • shady,
    • indecisive,
    • arguable,
    • undefined,
    • disputable,
    • unsettled,
    • suspect,
    • suspicious,
    • occult,
    • controversial,
    • vague,
    • contingent,
    • indeterminate,
    • debatable,
    • unreliable,
    • iffy,
    • moot,
    • fishy,
    • oracular.
    satirical/satiric (adjective)
  • n.

    incomprehensible (noun)inexplicable (noun)Other relevant words: (noun)
  • Other synonyms:

    Other relevant words (noun):
    • improbable,
    • Unreasoned,
    • inconceivable,
    • confounding,
    • fatuity,
    • curious,
    • indecipherable,
    • erroneous,
    • fallacy,
    • problematical,
    • arcane,
    • unsound,
    • deceitfulness,
    • unbecoming,
    • absurdism,
    • ridiculousness,
    • incoherent,
    • experimental,
    • anomalous,
    • disproportionate,
    • Unapt,
    • false,
    • arabesque,
    • paradoxically,
    • antinomic,
    • incongruously,
    • unsuited,
    • giddiness,
    • silliness,
    • nonsense,
    • unimaginable,
    • inconsequent,
    • hopeless,
    • stupefying,
    • oddly,
    • hypothetical,
    • flabbergasting,
    • different,
    • closed-out,
    • incommensurate,
    • deception,
    • wrongness,
    • abnormal,
    • mysterious,
    • monstrous,
    • asinine,
    • strangely,
    • falsity,
    • inappropriate,
    • doubtful,
    • disconcerting,
    • poignantly,
    • disagreeing,
    • at odds,
    • baffling,
    • absurdness,
    • ill-advised,
    • Unmeet,
    • absurdity,
    • ambivalent,
    • barred,
    • ill-considered,
    • ambiguously,
    • complexly,
    • Absurdities,
    • fallaciousness,
    • peculiarly,
    • odd,
    • contradictorily,
    • weirdly,
    • invalidity,
    • ironically,
    • unthinkable,
    • inconsistently,
    • Excluded,
    • Misallied,
    • differing,
    • contrarily,
    • disharmonious,
    • Paradoxal,
    • falsehood,
    • unsuitable,
    • fatuousness,
    • left-handed,
    • mistaken,
    • out of proportion,
    • improper,
    • confusing,
    • absurds,
    • problematic,
    • incommensurable,
    • paradox,
    • prohibited,
    • unseemly,
    • illegible,
    • unfit,
    • divergent,
    • oxymoronic,
    • unexplained,
    • preposterousness,
    • insulting,
    • foolishness,
    • unexplainable,
    • unreasonable,
    • mystifying,
    • Out of keeping,
    • ill-judged,
    • malapropos,
    • apocryphal,
    • disparate,
    • inharmonious,
    • equivocal,
    • contrary to reason,
    • unfitting.
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    • Adjective
      contradictory, ironic, specious, bizarre, controversial, absurd, strange, conflicting, fallacious, ambivalent.
  • adj.

    • complex
      easy, apparent, plain, direct, obvious, clear, simple, uniform, homogeneous, discernible, evident.
    • Other antonyms:
      indubitable, sagacious, sensible, indisputable, certain, true, explicable, unquestionable, sound, substantial, rational, demonstrated, wise, demonstrable, infallible, established, undeniable, incontrovertible, logical, incontestable, reasonable.
  • n.



Synonyms paradoxically definition



  • agreeable, undoubted, comprehensible, infallible, indisputable, nonconflicting, wise, sociable, incontrovertible, manageable, homogeneous, same, confirming, undeniable, reconciled, sincere, sound, accommodating, explicable, obliging, agreeing, considerate, proven, obvious, reasonable, sensible, deferential, logical, uncomplicated, established, definite, true, alike, direct, like, self-consistent, peaceful, evident, nice, harmonious, unquestionable, incontestable, concordant, conforming, trusty, apparent, plain, friendly, straight, substantial, comprehendible, trustworthy, reconcilable, consonant, simple, uniform, sure, easy, correspondent, equal, untroublesome, demonstrable, discernible, indubitable, compatible, sagacious, Indubious, straightforward, mild, Vouching, similar, free, certain, calm, clear, demonstrated, kind, self-evident, consistent, rational.

Examples of usage:

  1. The rhythm and the line- division are alsostudiouslyodd, unnatural, paradoxical. "Matthew Arnold" by George Saintsbury
  2. Allthis is paradoxical, Iknow, my dear, but we mustrememberthatwhileotherpeoplemaybeindebtedto us, we alsoowesomethingto ourselves. "The Hollow of Her Hand" by George Barr McCutcheon
  3. Hegelians expressthisplaintruthwithparadoxicalpointwhen they say: " Of anydefiniteexistence or thought, therefore, it maybesaidwithquite as muchtruththat it is not, as that it is, its ownbareself". "Logic, Inductive and Deductive" by William Minto

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