- A counterintuitive conclusion or outcome.
"It is an interesting paradox that drinking a lot of water can often make you feel thirsty."
- An unanswerable question or difficult puzzle, particularly one which leads to a deeper truth.
- (uncountable, philosophy) A state in which one is logically compelled to contradict oneself.
- A self-contradictory statement, which can only be true if it is false, and vice versa.
""This sentence is false" is a paradox."
- A person or thing having contradictory properties.
"He is a paradox; you would not expect him in that political party."
- (uncountable) The use of counterintuitive or contradictory statements (paradoxes) in speech or writing.
- A claim that two apparently contradictory ideas are true. transl.
"Not having a fashion is a fashion; that's a paradox."
- (obsolete) A statement which is difficult to believe, or which goes against general belief.
- (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.