[[t]kɒ̱ntrədɪ̱ktəri, AM -tɔːri[/t]]
If two or more facts, ideas, or statements are contradictory, they state or imply that opposite things are true.

Customs officials have made a series of contradictory statements about the equipment...

The public are capable of holding a number of apparently contradictory attitudes.

...advice that sometimes is contradictory and confusing.

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  • Contradictory — Con tra*dict o*ry, a. [LL. contradictorius: cf. F. contradictoire.] 1. Affirming the contrary; implying a denial of what has been asserted; also, mutually contradicting; inconsistent. Contradictory assertions. South. [1913 Webster] 2. Opposing or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contradictory — n contrary, antithesis, opposite, antonym, antipode (see under OPPOSITE adj) Analogous words: *converse, reverse contradictory adj contrary, antithetical, *opposite, anton ymous, antipodal, antipodean Analogous words: negating, nullifying (see… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Contradictory — Con tra*dict o*ry, n.; pl. {Contradictories}. 1. A proposition or thing which denies or opposes another; contrariety. [1913 Webster] It is common with princes to will contradictories. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. pl. (Logic) propositions with the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contradictory — (adj.) 1530s, mutually opposed, at variance, from L.L. contradictorius containing a contradiction or objection, from contradictus, pp. of contradicere (see CONTRADICTION (Cf. contradiction)). Meaning fond of contradicting is from 1891. Used… …   Etymology dictionary

  • contradictory — [adj] antagonistic adverse, against, agin, anti, antipodal, antipodean, antithetic, antithetical, con, conflicting, contrary, converse, counter, counteractive, diametric, discrepant, incompatible, incongruous, inconsistent, irreconcilable,… …   New thesaurus

  • contradictory — ► ADJECTIVE 1) mutually opposed or inconsistent. 2) containing inconsistent elements. DERIVATIVES contradictorily adverb contradictoriness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • contradictory — [kän΄trə dik′tə rē] adj. [ME contradictorie < LL contradictorius] 1. involving a contradiction; inconsistent: also contradictive 2. inclined to contradict or deny n. pl. contradictories 1. something that contradicts; an opposite 2 …   English World dictionary

  • contradictory — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, seem, sound ADVERB ▪ completely ▪ The evidence is completely contradictory. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • contradictory — con|tra|dic|to|ry [ˌkɔntrəˈdıktəri US ˌka:n ] adj two statements, beliefs etc that are contradictory are different and therefore cannot both be true or correct contradictory messages/statements/demands etc ▪ The public is being fed contradictory… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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