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Meaning of PARADOX

Pronunciation:  'paru`dâks

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  (logic) a self-contradiction; "I always lie"

PARADOX is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: contradiction, contradiction in terms



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Par`a*dox\, n.; pl. {Paradoxes}. [F. paradoxe, L.
paradoxum, fr. Gr. ?; ? beside, beyond, contrary to + ? to
think, suppose, imagine. See {Para-}, and {Dogma}.]
A tenet or proposition contrary to received opinion; an
assertion or sentiment seemingly contradictory, or opposed to
common sense; that which in appearance or terms is absurd,
but yet may be true in fact.

      A gloss there is to color that paradox, and make it
      appear in show not to be altogether unreasonable.

      This was sometime a paradox, but now the time gives it
      proof.                                   --Shak.

{Hydrostatic paradox}. See under {Hydrostatic}.

Computing Dictionary
  1. A relational database for microsoft windows, originally from borland.

    Paradox 5 ran on microsoft windows and provided a graphical environment, a debugger, a data modelling tool, and many "ObjectPAL" commands.

    Paradox 7 ran under windows 95 and windows nt.

    Latest version: Paradox 9, as of 2000-02-10 (a corel product).


  2. An apparently sound argument leading to a contradiction.

    Some famous examples are russell's paradox and the liar paradox. Most paradoxes stem from some kind of self-reference.

    smarandache linguistic paradox.

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