con·​tra·​dict | \ ˌkän-trə-ˈdikt How to pronounce contradict (audio) \
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 How to pronounce contradictable (audio) \ adjective
contradictor \ ˌkän-​trə-​ˈdik-​tər How to pronounce contradictor (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 The photographs, which seemed to contradict his public stance, were taken over the weekend. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Tucker Carlson airs photographs he says show maskless Chris Cuomo in public," 6 Oct. 2020 Other Republican candidates have echoed Trump's positions or declined to contradict them. USA Today, "Sports team owners listen to players, but support Republicans to the tune of millions of dollars," 1 Oct. 2020 So a false belief remains fixed, and any outcomes that contradict it are not accepted by the brain. Michele Solis, Scientific American, "We Learn Faster When We Aren’t Told What Choices to Make," 1 Oct. 2020 Over his career, the New Age celebrity and author of 91 books has clashed with scientists and doctors for championing alternatives to medicine and for statements that contradict accepted research. Nicole Pajer, New York Times, "How to Have a Disagreement Like an Adult, According to Deepak Chopra," 30 Sep. 2020 But starting in the 1990s, new research began to contradict this view. Popular Science, "Few people knew female birds had unique songs—until women started studying them," 28 Sep. 2020 In July, the country banned six foreign banks, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co., from betting against the nation’s stocks in a move that appeared to contradict some of the steps to ease such limitations this summer. Tugce Ozsoy,, "Turkey Suspends UBS’s Direct Market Access on Turkcell’s Slump," 18 Sep. 2020 Sophia Laderman, a senior policy analyst at the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO), said other analyses often contradict Gillen’s claims of sustained state investment. Andrew Keiper, Fox News, "Are states investing less in universities? New study finds college investment steady," 25 Sep. 2020 The articles directly contradict and demean the agency's recommendations about COVID-19. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "National Institutes of Health staffer to 'retire' after being outed as author of online attacks against Dr. Anthony Fauci," 22 Sep. 2020

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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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13 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Contradict.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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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 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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