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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcontradictorycon‧tra‧dic‧to‧ry /ˌkɒntrəˈdɪktəri◂ $ ˌkɑːn-/ ●●○ AWL adjective  DIFFERENTtwo statements, beliefs etc that are contradictory are different and therefore cannot both be true or correctcontradictory messages/statements/demands etc The public is being fed contradictory messages about the economy.
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contradictoryHis policies, especially in the first two years of his presidency, often have been confusing and contradictory.Moreover. such goals that can be indicated are frequently vague, multiple and contradictory.Upon further questioning, the witnesses gave inconsistent and sometimes contradictory answers.If I took any of this particularly seriously I would risk suffering from nutritional whiplash, pursuing health in precisely contradictory binges.The result is, as we have seen, a difficult and sometimes contradictory compromise.Case said these seemingly contradictory deals were simple exercises in economic balance of power.Candidates must make decisions quickly, sometimes with little or contradictory information.Recently, I have begun to notice another phenomenon: contradictory placenames.contradictory messages/statements/demands etcVery often in our work we give contradictory messages.In addition each of the gospels contains contradictory statements about the same event.Both of these apparently contradictory statements are obviously true, but only at the level of empirical observation.He was acquitted on May 25,1990, largely because of contradictory statements by witnesses.Vague, contradictory statements of intent are not enough.The contradictory demands of justifying and criticizing national prejudice can be seen in the everyday discourse of racism.
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