Meaning of antinomy in English:


Pronunciation /anˈtɪnəmi/

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nounplural noun antinomies

  • A contradiction between two beliefs or conclusions that are in themselves reasonable; a paradox.

    ‘there are not many short novels capable of accommodating bewildering antinomies’
    • ‘According to Kant, antinomies are not genuine contradictions, since both of the propositions that constitute them are false, being based on a false assumption.’
    • ‘Thus, Frege himself concluded that the antinomy was due to unclarities in the symbolism Russell used to formulate the paradox.’
    • ‘Although the result is a non-standard account of geometry as an inexact science, Hume thinks that he thereby preserves reason from otherwise irresolvable antinomies.’
    • ‘Godel made an analogy between optical illusions in the physical world and antinomies like Russell's paradox in the mathematical realm.’
    • ‘This faith in the indubitable certainty of mathematical proofs was sadly shaken around 1900 by the discovery of the antinomies or paradoxes of set theory.’
    • ‘In light of the examples of occult texts offered above, occult discourse is the result of a rhetorical antinomy between a belief and an action.’
    • ‘Bauer argued that while the Critique of Judgement attempted to bridge thought and being, and thus opened the way to Hegel, it reproduced the antinomies characteristic of the first two critiques.’
    • ‘Each contains an antinomy, a seeming contradiction, resolvable only by moving above the either/or into a third position that creates a broader frame.’
    • ‘The antinomy we are considering arises from considering one side of the truth in a false abstraction from the other.’
    • ‘This antinomy, perceived by reason and resolved by faith, is the standard paradox of Renaissance humanism, and we have met it in many shapes.’
    • ‘Kant intended that the existence of antinomies would indicate the limits of reason, or what it was possible for people to know.’
    • ‘The antinomy is comprised of a seemingly contradictory stance among occultists and mystics that, on the one hand, regards spiritual truths as ineffable, but on the other, assumes that there is much to say about ineffability.’
    • ‘A constructional model may deal with some of these issues otherwise and arrive at different conclusions, which do not always imply the antinomy, in some cases.’
    • ‘Recognizing the contradiction of aims as an antinomy would also point to one of the missing links in Habermas's theory.’
    • ‘No other examples survive, although it is conceivable that the paradoxes of motion originally took the form of antinomies.’
    • ‘From Engels to Geras, a persistent antinomy emerges in which naturalism and social constructionism battle it out, each de-emphasising those aspects of Marx's work highlighted by the other.’
    • ‘The second moment of our antinomy introduces the notion of a concept.’
    • ‘What they knew—and modern Christians often miss—is that whenever our language shifts into the vocabulary of antinomy and contradiction, the words themselves no longer communicate.’
    • ‘Such an interpretation would avoid the antinomy between the terms since both would refer to a physical object.’
    • ‘Furthermore, he thought that the antinomies which led to the foundational crisis, could be solved without the notion that existence is equivalent to formal constructability.’
    contradiction, contradiction in terms, self-contradiction, inconsistency, incongruity, anomaly, conflict


Late 16th century (in the sense ‘a conflict between two laws’): from Latin antinomia, from Greek, from anti ‘against’ + nomos ‘law’.