• WordNet 3.6
    • adj paradoxical seemingly contradictory but nonetheless possibly true "it is paradoxical that standing is more tiring than walking"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Paradoxical Inclined to paradoxes, or to tenets or notions contrary to received opinions.
    • Paradoxical Of the nature of a paradox.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • paradoxical Of the nature of a paradox; characterized by paradoxes; apparently absurd, yet true.
    • paradoxical Inclined to paradox or to tenets or notions contrary to received opinions: applied to persons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Paradoxical of the nature of a paradox: inclined to paradoxes, said of persons
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  • James Baldwin
    “The paradox of education is precisely this -- that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.”
  • George Eliot
    “But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.”
  • Friedrich Schlegel
    “Irony is the form of paradox. Paradox is what is good and great at the same time.”
  • Vaclav Havel
    “The attempt to devote oneself to literature alone is a most deceptive thing, and often, paradoxically, it is literature that suffers for it.”
  • Mother Teresa
    “I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.”
  • George Eliot
    “Play not with paradoxes. That caustic which you handle in order to scorch others may happen to sear your own fingers and make them dead to the quality of things.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. and L., from Gr. paradoxonpara, contrary to, doxa, an opinion.


In literature:

Or is the truth even more paradoxical?
"The Wonders of Instinct" by J. H. Fabre
O, wondrous and paradoxical might of love, which can tame the most powerful of beasts, and stir them again into furies by a touch!
"Coniston, Complete" by Winston Churchill
What kept the empire standing, paradoxical as it may seem, was its own innate weakness.
"The Roman and the Teuton A Series of Lectures delivered before the University of Cambridge" by Charles Kingsley
In this Bohemian corner, where one got intoxicated with wild excesses and paradoxes, recklessness and gayety reigned.
"A Romance of Youth, Complete" by Francois Coppee
It is that chord which I should like to have heard vibrate in a fluent writer like you, and not eternally those paradoxes, those sophisms.
"Cosmopolis, Complete" by Paul Bourget
The only two kinds of talker that I find tiresome are the talker of paradoxes and the egotist.
"From a College Window" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Paradoxically, Albanians who emigrated (mainly to Turkey itself) rose to prominence.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
Life had indeed become complicated, paradoxical.
"The Inside of the Cup, Complete" by Winston Churchill
That the four or five things that it is most practically essential that a man should know, are all of them what people call paradoxes.
"Tremendous Trifles" by G. K. Chesterton
The explanation of this paradox is not difficult to find.
"Supply and Demand" by Hubert D. Henderson
So does the whirligig of time bring in the paradoxer.
"The Romance of Zion Chapel [3d ed.]" by Richard Le Gallienne
Paradoxically, she had not expected to hear that word.
"Big Timber" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
We must explain this paradox.
"Essay on the Creative Imagination" by Th. Ribot
There is one point, almost to be called a paradox, to be noted about New York; and that is that in one sense it is really new.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
It would, however, be highly ridiculous and paradoxical if the general public were to confer mathematical degrees.
"The Cult of Incompetence" by Emile Faguet
The imagination of an artist, if we may be allowed a seeming paradox, works logically.
"Pot-Boilers" by Clive Bell
If love were that and that alone, there would be no love, which is a paradox indeed.
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
They taught that there is no truth but paradox.
"The Galaxy, May, 1877" by Various
Paradoxically enough for a butcher, Mr. Unwin had admired life more than anything else.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
But his love for paradoxes carried him beyond the confines of logic.
"Socialism and Democracy in Europe" by Samuel P. Orth

In poetry:

For such a tempering task,
heat furnace of paradox
in an artifice of ice;
make love and logic mix,
and remember, if tedious risk
seems to jeopardize this:
"Notes To A Neophyte" by Sylvia Plath
III A Paradox To tryst Love blindfold goes, for fear
He should not see, and eyeless night
He chooses still for breathing near
Beauty, that lives but in the sight.
"The Angel In The House. Book II. Canto III." by Coventry Patmore
All sentiment he safely locks
Within; and jokes unnerve him;
No soap or any other box
As pedestal would serve him.
He'd analyse a paradox;
And jibes can never swerve him.
"'Jack'" by C J Dennis
Ag. Now, me thinks, I could confute a Colledge of Divines,
A Synod of Doctors, a Lycaeum of Philosophers;
Yet me thinkes my braines are not right,
And somewhat too weake to maintaine a paradox.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act II" by Ralph Knevet
For thence,—a paradox
Which comforts while it mocks,—
Shall life succeed in that it seems to fail:
What I aspired to be,
And was not, comforts me:
A brute I might have been, but would not sink i' the scale.
"Rabbi Ben Ezra" by Robert Browning
It's strange, dear Author, yet it true is,
That down from Pharamond to Louis
All covet life, yet call it pain,
And feel the ill, yet shun the cure:
Can sense this paradox endure?
Resolve me, Cambray, or Fontaine.
"Written In The Beginning Of Mezeray's History Of France" by Matthew Prior

In news:

The Massachusetts v EPA Paradox.
The release show was a bit of a paradox though, as this was the last time the original members would play together.
Losar is a holiday built around the comforts of food — and a dietary paradox.
Both sides of the necessary paradox.
That's the paradox of post-9/11 New York City life, and what makes a press conference like Bloomberg's so unexpectedly normal .
Let's talk about the art world's paradoxical discomfort with objects.
I say "paradoxical" because that's what artists historically did: make stuff.
Paradoxical Cure for Economic Slumps Seen in Raising Rates.
New' iPad a stunning, paradoxical improvement.
Inside look at a paradoxical politician.
Figuring out a paradoxical president.
It's a paradox that researchers are trying to untangle : How can people be both hungry and overweight.
Speed dating to find a life-long love was paradoxical enough, but now the youngest generation thinks e-mail isn't fast enough.
This Reagan-inspired paradox of cheering anti- socialist platitudes while supporting socialism in practice was the tale of Super Bowl XLV.
That these are strengths is not paradoxical.

In science:

First we give an exposition of the well known twin paradox whereafter a modified version of is propounded.
The Twin Paradox Revisited and Reformulated -- On the Possibility of Detecting Absolute Motion
This apparent paradox arises from an incorrect application of the Principle of Relativity to the description of the story by the traveling twin’s point of view and the widely accepted resolution of this apparent paradox goes as follows.
The Twin Paradox Revisited and Reformulated -- On the Possibility of Detecting Absolute Motion
What we need if we are to have a real paradox is to bring about a perfect symmetry into the whole situation.
The Twin Paradox Revisited and Reformulated -- On the Possibility of Detecting Absolute Motion
We shall set forth a new version of the twin paradox which is truly symmetric and this will introduce a true paradox and we shall provide a solution.
The Twin Paradox Revisited and Reformulated -- On the Possibility of Detecting Absolute Motion
FIG. 1: The pictorial view of the symmetric twin paradox.
The Twin Paradox Revisited and Reformulated -- On the Possibility of Detecting Absolute Motion
We are here presented with a true paradox which the STR in its presently understood form [as is found in most if not all the textbooks of physics that deal with the subject of the STR], is unable to provide an answer.
The Twin Paradox Revisited and Reformulated -- On the Possibility of Detecting Absolute Motion
It is not possible to do the same in the case of the asymmetric twin paradox of the previous section.
The Twin Paradox Revisited and Reformulated -- On the Possibility of Detecting Absolute Motion
Once again before leaving this section, we shall re-emphasis that unlike the asymmetric twin paradox, where one can seek refuge by invoking the GTR to deal with the accelerations of one of the twins, here, this clearly won’t work since both twins will all undergo the same experience.
The Twin Paradox Revisited and Reformulated -- On the Possibility of Detecting Absolute Motion
The resolution of this apparent paradox is that the non-Markov evolution of ρS (t) is not described by a map at all! This can be seen (Figs. 1,2b) from the fact that the density matrix oscillates and goes through the same value more than once, with differing subsequent evolution.
Thermodynamical Control by Frequent Quantum Measurements
There is therefore nothing remarkable (certainly no ‘paradox’) in the fact that non-commuting observables can be ‘known’ more accurately than allowed by the uncertainty relation if information about state preparation is also included, as is the case for the EPR gedanken experiment.
Why Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen did not prove that quantum mechanics is `incomplete'
The resolution of this apparent paradox is similar to the one with the second law of thermodynamics .
Initial-state randomness as a universal source of decoherence
This appears paradoxical since it seems to suggest that one can extract work from the system via a cyclic process.
Free Energy of Twisted Semiflexible Polymers
The resolution of this paradox is as follows.
Free Energy of Twisted Semiflexible Polymers
It would be very instructive to study the information paradox in the context of loop quantum geometry of the Schwarzschild black hole, as both resolution of the classical singularity and augmentation of spacetime have been observed at the level of phenomenological dynamics.
Phenomenological loop quantum geometry of the Schwarzschild black hole
Zeno behaviors, from the ancient philosopher Zeno of Elea5 and his paradoxes on time advancement (the term was coined by Abadi and Lamport [AL94]).
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey