contradiction - definition and synonyms

noun [countable/uncountable] 

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  1. a difference in two or more statements, ideas, stories etc that makes it impossible for both or all of them to be true

    They appeared unaware of the contradictions in their argument.

    contradiction between:

    He sees no contradiction between his religious beliefs and his membership of the party.

    in direct contradiction to something:

    Their short-term priorities are in direct contradiction to their long-term goals (=completely opposite to them).