contradiction

contradiction
noun
1 (C) a difference between two statements, beliefs, or ideas about something that means they cannot both be true: The prosecution pointed out the contradictions in the defendant's testimony.
(+ between): There is a contradiction between the government's radical ideas and its actual urban policy.
2 (U) the act of saying that someone else's opinion, statement etc is wrong or not true: You can say what you like without fear of contradiction.
3 a contradiction in terms a combination of words that seem to mean opposite things, so that the phrase has no clear meaning: `Permanent revolution' is a contradiction in terms.
4 in (direct) contradiction to in a way that is opposite to a belief or statement: Your behavior is in direct contradiction to the principles you claim to have.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • Contradiction — contradiction …   Philosophy dictionary

  • contradiction — [ kɔ̃tradiksjɔ̃ ] n. f. • contradictïun v. 1120; lat. contradictio → contredire 1 ♦ Action de contredire qqn; échange d idées entre des personnes qui se contredisent. ⇒ contestation, démenti, dénégation, négation, objection, opposition,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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