What does contradiction mean?

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  1. (countable, uncountable) The act of contradicting.
  2. (countable) A statement that contradicts itself, i.e., a statement that makes a claim that the same thing is true and that it is false at the same time and in the same senses of the terms.
  3. (countable) a logical inconsistency among two or more elements or propositions
  4. (logic) A proposition that is false for all values of its variables.
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