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contradiction in terms

A phrase or expression that causes confusion because it contains words or ideas that contradict each other; an oxymoron. Jumbo shrimp is such a contradiction in terms.
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contradiction in terms

a statement containing a seeming contradiction. A wealthy pauper is a contradiction in terms. A straight-talking politician may seem to be a contradiction in terms.
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contradiction in terms

A statement that seems to contradict itself, with one part of it denying another. For example, I've always believed that "a poor millionaire" was a contradiction in terms. [Late 1700s]
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contradiction in terms

a statement or group of words associating objects or ideas which are incompatible.
1994 Toronto Life Veggie burger?— a contradiction in terms I had no wish to argue with: vegetables are fine and necessary, but in their place.
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a contraˌdiction in ˈterms

a statement or description containing two words or phrases that contradict each other’s meaning: They call their project ‘a peace offensive’, which seems to me a contradiction in terms.
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Blatant contradiction puts the responsibility on the shoulders of the listener.
Despite all its past criticism and even rejection by some members of the mathematical community, the majority of today's mathematicians would agree with Rivaltus' position: "Proofs by contradiction have the same dignity as direct proofs because, even if they do not give us the cause of why a certain affection is to be predicated on the subject, they nonetheless give us a reason by which we know that a state of affairs holds" (cited in Mancosu, 1991, p.
Whatever the explanation, the diagnostic mechanism is always the same: contradiction points towards an impossibility that needs to be resolved through the annihilation of one of the terms of the contradiction.
Consequently, {x,u,w,z} would induce a diamond in G* with exactly three nonprobe vertices, a contradiction.
On the Kurdish question you can see many contradictions, too.
The Chinese notion of contradiction as maodun is composed of the two characters mao (spear) and dun (shield), which stands respectively for aggressive and defensive weapons in war.
The epistemologies about the nature of contradiction have a profound influence on cultures' attempts to resolve contradictory information and ideas (Spencer-Rodgers & Peng, 2004).
14 This is a logical contradiction, one of the "extreme Falle" of propositions whose characterization the philosopher of language Max Black argues is "of decisive importance for Wittgenstein's philosophy of logic," and which Black described in 1964 as "original and illuminating, even for those who cannot accept [Wittgenstein's] analysis of the essence of representation and symbolism" (228).
This gives n = 4 which is a contradiction to G is a connected graph.
It was inevitable, therefore, that at some stage, these contradictions would spill out into the open.
The commonly used solving tools include Contradiction Matrix, 40 Invention Principle and 76 Standard Solution.
Washington, Mar 24(ANI): United States President Barack Obama has said that he does not see any contradiction between his Nobel Peace Prize and his actions in Libya.
READERS SHOULD NOT assume, from Gonick's unrestrained enthusiasm for O'Connor's theory of the "second contradiction," that it is without controversy in the ecosocialist movement.
Evolution and religious beliefs need not be in contradiction.
Summary: Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday said the US approach toward his country has been in contradiction with the slogan of bringing 'change' to its policy.