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

Synonyms & Antonyms for contradict


disagree (with), gainsay


agree (with), concur (with)

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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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Russia’s prison system has been contradicting claims about the filmmaker’s worsening condition, saying that he’s been given nutritional supplements. Yuras Karmanau, The Seattle Times, "Russia denies hunger-striking Ukrainian critically ill," 21 Aug. 2018 There has been contradicting evidence over the years, with some studies citing a connection between the two, and others saying there is no correlation. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "A Jury Awarded $4.69 Billion to Women Accusing Johnson & Johnson of Contributing to Their Ovarian Cancer," 15 July 2018 Bailey is possibly able to play for England through his grandparents, although some contradicting reports online have disputed his eligibility., "Leon Bailey's Father Hints at Imminent England Call Up as Bundesliga Star Considers Options," 22 Feb. 2018 The results from Finland contradict decades of thinking about the best way to treat an inflamed appendix. Fox News, "Pills for appendicitis? Surgery often not needed, study says," 25 Sep. 2018 Both founders contradict the stereotype of crypto-enthusiasts as wild, lawless iconoclasts. The Economist, "A disciplined startup emerges from the Wild West of crypto-currency," 28 June 2018 The text messages contradict the charges filed by the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office on Monday, which name Jesus Campos, 18, Chandale Shannon, 21, of Winters, and brothers David Froste, 27, and Jonathan Froste, 21, as defendants in the case. Nashelly Chavez, sacbee, "Yolo County Sheriff's Office, FBI search rural area for bodies of missing teens," 12 June 2018 But Leicester Mercury reporter Rob Tanner appears to have contradicted the earlier report, claiming that negotiations over a new deal have been put on hold until after the World Cup this summer., "Jamie Vardy in Advanced Talks With Leicester City Over New Contract Despite Atletico Links," 28 May 2018 Well, security and privacy directly contradict Facebook’s business model. Sean Illing, Vox, "“It’s pretty much the Wild West”: why we can’t trust Facebook to police itself," 21 Mar. 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 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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