contradict

verb
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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But that claim contradicted the officer’s own account, which noted T.D. had no valid driver’s license and was driving a BMW with temporary tags. Charles Rabin, Jay Weaver And David Ovalle, miamiherald, "The chief wanted perfect stats, so cops were told to pin crimes on blacks, probe found," 12 July 2018 Powell had directly contradicted Gilpin’s soaring promises. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 The case, brought by Texas and several other Republican-dominated southern states, could contradict a previous court’s decision that halted Trump’s move to end DACA. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Why the GOP Might Face More Humiliation on Immigration," 2 July 2018 Moments later, Bryan Colangelo, then Brown’s boss, contradicted him. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Sixers went all in to land LeBron James, and should do the same for Kawhi Leonard | Marcus Hayes," 1 July 2018 For many blockchain companies, this right may contradict the immutability and decentralization that the technology provides its users. Zhuling Chen, Fortune, "How Should We Regulate Blockchain? It Depends on Which Country You Ask," 25 June 2018 But his notion of justice contradicts that of the FARC’s leaders. The Economist, "Colombia’s new president will struggle to heal his country’s divisions," 21 June 2018 Trump’s tweet thus contradicts both is earlier statement and reporting. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Is Trump lying about why he fired Comey, or did he simply forget?," 31 May 2018 Senator Baldwin’s 'no' vote will directly contradict the will of the people. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tammy Baldwin to oppose U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh," 12 July 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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contradict

verb

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.

contradict

verb
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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