con·​tra·​dict | \ ˌkän-trə-ˈdikt How to pronounce contradict (audio) \
contradicted; contradicting; contradicts

Essential Meaning of contradict

1 : to say the opposite of (something that someone else has said) : to deny the truth of (something) contradict a rumor He contradicted the charges of his critics.
2 : to deny or disagree with what is being said by (someone) My sister doesn't like being contradicted.
3 : to not agree with (something) in a way that shows or suggests that it is false, wrong, etc. She has made statements that contradict each other. [=statements that do not agree and that cannot both be true] The evidence contradicts his testimony. [=the evidence does not support or agree with his testimony] The mayor's actions in office contradicted the promises he made during the campaign.

Full Definition of contradict

transitive verb

1 : to assert the contrary of : take issue with contradict a rumor She contradicted her brother's account of what happened.
2 : to imply the opposite or a denial of Your actions contradict your words. The evidence contradicts his testimony.

Other Words from contradict

contradictable \ ˌkän-​trə-​ˈdik-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce contradict (audio) \ adjective
contradictor \ ˌkän-​trə-​ˈdik-​tər How to pronounce contradict (audio) \ noun

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deny, gainsay, contradict, contravene mean to refuse to accept as true or valid. deny implies a firm refusal to accept as true, to grant or concede, or to acknowledge the existence or claims of. denied the charges gainsay implies disputing the truth of what another has said. no one can gainsay her claims contradict implies an open or flat denial. her account contradicts his contravene implies not so much an intentional opposition as some inherent incompatibility. laws that contravene tradition

Examples of contradict in a Sentence

He contradicted the charges of his critics. My sister doesn't like being contradicted. The mayor's actions in office contradicted the promises he made during the campaign.
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Recent Examples on the Web Republicans broadly oppose the legislation, echoing concerns from religious groups and social conservatives who worry the bill would force people to take actions that contradict their religious beliefs. Kevin Freking,, 25 Feb. 2021 If true, the statement would contradict Biden's previous statements, including in the first presidential debate, and could have a chilling effect on voters deeply concerned by the state of the economy. Ryan Poe, USA TODAY, 16 Oct. 2020 The source alleged that Jamie had forced Spears into a mental-health facility last year, which would contradict the official narrative that Spears had voluntarily sought treatment. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 6 Oct. 2020 Our research, published in 2015 in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, examined a slippery way by which people get away from facts that contradict their beliefs. Justin Friesen, Scientific American, 3 Mar. 2015 But rulings in other states contradict Colorado’s conclusion—and one case demonstrates that police may choose to seize cannabis years after legalization. Chris Roberts, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Support for Walker’s candidacy might contradict Johnson’s commitment, as the former running back has amplified conspiracy theories about election fraud in 2020. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Nov. 2021 As a result, some of the events in the second book contradict the events in the first. . Matthew Jacobs, Vulture, 27 Oct. 2021 At times, Mark Zuckerberg’s public remarks contradict, downplay or fail to disclose the company’s own findings about the safety of its products. Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of contradict

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for contradict

Latin contradictus, past participle of contradicere, from contra- + dicere to say, speak — more at diction

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The first known use of contradict was in 1582

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con·​tra·​dict | \ ˌkän-trə-ˈdikt How to pronounce contradict (audio) \
contradicted; contradicting

Kids Definition of contradict

1 : to deny the truth of a statement : say the opposite of what someone else has said "Jack's afraid of something," Mary said. "Jack's not afraid of anything, ever!" Laura contradicted.— Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie
2 : to be opposed to Your actions contradict your words.

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