If you say or write something that is self-contradictory, you make two statements which cannot both be true.

He is notorious for making unexpected, often self-contradictory, comments.

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  • Self-contradictory — Self con tra*dict o*ry, a. Contradicting one s self or itself. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • self-contradictory — index illogical, impossible Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • self-contradictory — adjective Of statements that contradict themselves, ultimately logically corrupting the statement. The statement We agree to disagree on everything is self contradictory. Ant: self consistent …   Wiktionary

  • self-contradictory — self contra dictory adj containing two opposite statements or ideas that cannot both be true …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • self-contradictory — adjective 1. in disagreement the figures are at odds with our findings contradictory attributes of unjust justice and loving vindictiveness John Morley • Syn: ↑at odds, ↑conflicting, ↑contradictory • Similar to: ↑inconsistent …   Useful english dictionary

  • self-contradictory — Synonyms and related words: aberrant, abnormal, abroad, absonant, absurd, adrift, all abroad, all off, all wrong, ambiguous, ambivalent, amiss, anomalous, antinomic, askew, astray, at fault, awry, barred, beside the mark, closed out,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • self-contradictory — adjective Date: 1657 consisting of two contradictory members or parts …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • self-contradictory — See self contradiction. * * * …   Universalium

  • self-contradictory — adjective containing two opposite statements or ideas that cannot both be true …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • self-contradiction — self contradicting, adj. self contradictory, adj. /self kon treuh dik sheuhn, self /, n. 1. an act or instance of contradicting oneself or itself. 2. a statement containing contradictory elements. [1650 60] * * * …   Universalium

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