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paradox

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈpær.ə.dɒks/ us    /ˈper.ə.dɑːks/
C2 a situation or statement that seems impossible or is difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics: [+ that] It's a curious paradox that drinking a lot of water can often make you feel thirsty.Logic and reasonDifficult to understandComplicated and difficult to doPuzzle and confuse
paradoxical
adjective uk   /ˌpær.əˈdɒk.sɪ.kəl/ us    /ˌper.əˈdɑːk-/
C2 It seems paradoxical to me, but if you drink a cup of hot tea it seems to cool you down.Logic and reasonDifficult to understandComplicated and difficult to doPuzzle and confuse
paradoxically
adverb uk   /ˌpær.əˈdɒk.sɪ.kəl.i/ us    /ˌper.əˈdɑːk-/
Logic and reasonDifficult to understandComplicated and difficult to doPuzzle and confuse
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