1. Affirming the contrary; implying a denial of what has been asserted; also, mutually contradicting; inconsistent. “Contradictory assertions.”
2. Opposing or opposed; repugnant.
Schemes . . . contradictory to common sense. --Addisn.
Con·tra·dict·o·ry, n.; pl. Contradictories
1. A proposition or thing which denies or opposes another; contrariety.
It is common with princes to will contradictories. --Bacon.
2. pl. Logic propositions with the same terms, but opposed to each other both in quality and quantity.
adj 1: of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true
and both cannot be false; "`perfect' and `imperfect'
are contradictory terms"
2: that confounds or contradicts or confuses [syn: confounding]
3: in disagreement; "the figures are at odds with our
findings"; "contradictory attributes of unjust justice and
loving vindictiveness"- John Morley [syn: at odds(p), conflicting,
4: unable to be both true at the same time [syn: mutually
n : two propositions are contradictories if both cannot be true
(or both cannot be false) at the same time