For example, if someone is given to finish two contradictory things (or we can say task) and he/she would accomplish all at the same time. It's like oxymoron, but somebody can handle those kind of situation. Is there any word for that?

  • reading the question, paradox comes to my mind first – Archie Azares Nov 22 '17 at 7:26
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    If the two tasks are truly contradictory, I would call them a miracle worker. If they only appear contradictory, then I would just call them a person :-) – JonLarby Nov 22 '17 at 9:11

You could say the completion of both those things (or tasks) as a whole is dichotomous. According to Cambridge Dictionary, dichotomous means:

"involving two completely opposing ideas or things"1

Some examples from ODO:

"‘Crewdson's work is replete with dichotomous tensions.’" 2

"‘This view emphasizes the dichotomous thinking and behavior often displayed by alcoholics.’" 2

"‘The forced-choice format is used with each item presented separately and each pole representing a dichotomous extreme for one attitude or function.’" 2

According to ODO, a dichotomist is:

"A person who dichotomizes or classifies by dichotomy."

So in your case you could the person (or phenomenon) you described a dichotomist. I should add that the word isn't commonly used (only 18,000 hits on Google). It is, however, a proper word and has been used since the 1860s (according to this ngram).


1 Dichotomous Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary. (n.d.). Retrieved March 23, 2018, from https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/dichotomous

2 Dichotomous | Definition of dichotomous in English by Oxford Dictionaries. (n.d.). Retrieved March 23, 2018, from https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/dichotomous

3 Dichotomist | Definition of dichotomist in English by Oxford Dictionaries. (n.d.). Retrieved March 23, 2018, from https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/dichotomist

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