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English definition of “paradox”

paradox

noun [C]     /ˈpærədɒks/
a situation that seems very strange or impossible because of two opposite qualities or factsDenying and contradicting
paradoxical     /ˌpærəˈdɒksɪkəl/ adjective involving a paradox: It seems paradoxical to me but if you drink hot tea, it seems to cool you down.Denying and contradicting paradoxically adverb
(Definition of paradox noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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