con·​tra·​dict | \ˌkän-trə-ˈdikt \
contradicted; contradicting; contradicts

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.

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Other Words from contradict

contradictable \ˌkän-​trə-​ˈdik-​tə-​bəl \ adjective
contradictor \ˌkän-​trə-​ˈdik-​tər \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for contradict

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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Democrats indeed supported border security, but whether that is the same as what Trump has promised — a border wall — is often contradicted by Trump himself. Linda Qiu, The Seattle Times, "A Fact-Checker’s Guide to Thanksgiving Politics," 21 Nov. 2018 But that claim was contradicted Saturday evening by a FOX 4 reporter who cited police as saying Guyger was on the wrong floor and the door was closed. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Amber Guyger, police officer named in Dallas fatal shooting, shot a suspect in 2017: report," 9 Sep. 2018 But he was soon contradicted by Navarro, who dismissed Mnuchin’s claims and insisted that any new investment restrictions would reflect the need to stop China from stealing US technology. Evan Horowitz,, "Wall Street hates Trump’s trade threats as much as it loves his tax cut," 27 June 2018 But his assertion has been contradicted by a number of studies, including one by the Cato Institute and another in the journal Criminology that found that places with higher percentages of undocumented immigrants do not have higher rates of crime. Jonathan Lemire And Darlene Superville,, "Dismissing 'phony stories of sadness' in immigration crisis, Trump meets with 'angel families'," 23 June 2018 Kesha’s latest press release saying that a music executive told her that Dr. Luke had raped Katy Perry is fully contradicted by that executive. Jeff Nelson,, "Kesha Reveals She's Yet to Be Paid for Rainbow, Blames Dr. Luke for Lady Gaga Text Leak: Lawyer," 15 June 2018 That claim is contradicted by the video of his talk with detectives. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "'All the signs were there.' On video, guard says school knew Parkland shooter posed threat," 5 June 2018 Ask them about their backgrounds, friends and the social issues on their minds. Don’t interrupt or contradict. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "Why We Stereotype Strangers," 29 Oct. 2018 She's appeared on more than a few occasions to contradict her husband in a public forum. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "First Lady Melania Trump Goes Solo in Africa. But What's She Actually up To?," 2 Oct. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of contradict

: to say the opposite of (something that someone else has said) : to deny the truth of (something)

: to deny or disagree with what is being said by (someone)

: to not agree with (something) in a way that shows or suggests that it is false, wrong, etc.


con·​tra·​dict | \ˌkän-trə-ˈdikt \
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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