I want to tell a person that you can't accept two different concepts at one time because one suggests you to be A and the other suggests you to be B.

Can I simply say "The two concepts are contradiction(s)" or "The two concepts are a pair of contradiction(s)"?


1 Answer 1


You should say:

The two concepts are contradictory.

contradictory sense 1:

1) involving a contradiction; inconsistent (also ) ˌcontraˈdictive

The example sentences should be helpful.

  • thanks, just wondering, what does sense mean in your sense 1? Commented Feb 16, 2015 at 1:23
  • It means the definition number listed on the linked dictionary page.
    – user3169
    Commented Feb 16, 2015 at 1:24
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    You could also say "The two concepts contradict each other." Commented Feb 16, 2015 at 2:08
  • 2
    the two of them together make one contradiction, not a pair. Commented Feb 16, 2015 at 2:21
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    +1. To be even more explicit, you can say that they are mutually contradictory (meaning that each one contradicts the other).
    – ruakh
    Commented Feb 16, 2015 at 7:02

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