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paradox

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishparadoxpar‧a‧dox /ˈpærədɒks $ -dɑːks/ ●○○ noun 🔊 🔊 1 [countable]STRANGE a situation that seems strange because it involves two ideas or qualities that are very different 🔊 It’s a paradox that in such a rich country there can be so much poverty.2 [countable]OPPOSITE/REVERSE a statement that seems impossible because it contains two opposing ideas that are both true 🔊 The paradox is that fishermen would catch more fish if they fished less.3 [uncountable]OPPOSITE/REVERSE the use of statements that are a paradox in writing or speechparadoxical /ˌpærəˈdɒksɪkəl◂ $ -ˈdɑːk-/ adjective
Examples from the Corpus
paradoxThe recent attacks, in which 17 people were killed and 28 injured, are a paradox for many.Isn't it a paradox that the airline with the lowest fares is the one with the most customer satisfaction?There's a paradox in the fact that although we're living longer than ever before, people are more obsessed with health issues than they ever were.Fortunately, a way out of this apparent paradox exists.The agony and the ecstasy of the eleventh-hour reprieve illustrated the central paradox of Calvinism.Solving the infective dose paradox might lead to new strategies for elimination of this preventable pneumonia.The lek paradox is thus solved at a stroke.Being defined in terms of tension or paradox, ambiguity's potential diversity was restored to some sort of unitary wholeness.To explain this seeming paradox, let me refer you to a drawing now found in many introductory psychology textbooks.It is this paradox, according to Brooks, that is the main point of the poem.
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