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meanings of paradox


  1. A state in which one is logically compelled to contradict oneself.
  2. A statement which is difficult to believe, or which goes against general belief.
  3. A claim that two apparently contradictory ideas are true.
  4. A counterintuitive conclusion or outcome.
  5. The use of counterintuitive or contradictory statements (paradoxes) in speech or writing.
  6. A thing involving contradictory yet interrelated elements that exist simultaneously and persist over time.
  7. An apparently self-contradictory statement, which can only be true if it is false, and vice versa.
  8. 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.
  9. A person or thing having contradictory properties.
  10. An unanswerable question or difficult puzzle, particularly one which leads to a deeper truth.