contradictory

contradictory
adj.
VERBS
appear, be, seem, sound
ADVERB
completely

The evidence is completely contradictory.

quite, rather, somewhat
apparently, seemingly

two apparently contradictory opinions

inherently
internally

The argument is internally contradictory (= contradicts itself).

mutually

The evidence demonstrates how easily people can hold mutually contradictory beliefs.

PREPOSITION
to

He did something contradictory to his orders.

Contradictory is used with these nouns: ↑belief, ↑demand, ↑emotion, ↑idea, ↑impulse, ↑interest, ↑message, ↑nature, ↑result, ↑signal, ↑tendency

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