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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The report seemed to contradict the Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing purchasing managers index—typically viewed as a good gauge of the manufacturing sector’s health—which rose in January. Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "Smattering of Contradictory Data Confounds Economists," 15 Feb. 2019 As is often the case in these disputes, even the complaints seem to contradict each other. Nestor Ramos,, "Weep not for Starbucks. But in the North End, what comes next?," 12 July 2018 Scott’s executive order seemed to directly contradict HB631. Jacob Sweet, miamiherald, "Contradicting law he signed, Gov. Rick Scott orders that Florida beaches be kept open to public," 12 July 2018 And the Inquirer and New York Times stories seemed to contradict that theory. Frank Fitzpatrick,, "When and how the Phillies once played nine innings in 51 minutes," 9 July 2018 Hill meets with legislative leaders Hill's statement regarding not being contacted about the allegations as of Monday afternoon seems to contradict a statement legislative leaders sent to IndyStar on Monday. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "4 women allege Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill touched them inappropriately at bar," 2 July 2018 Nielsen's comments seemed to contradict her predecessor at DHS and current White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, among others. NBC News, "White House can't get its story straight on family separation. There could be legal consequences.," 20 June 2018 The threat by North Korea to cancel the summit now would seem to contradict the message that South Korean national security adviser Chung Eui-yong brought to the White House in March, when Kim volunteered to meet with Trump. The Washington Post,, "North Korea threatens to cancel summit with Trump over military drills," 15 May 2018 As royal reporter Roya Nikkhah notes in the story, the royal siblings' cheerful demeanor contradicts rumors that the pair have a rough relationship, a conflict which allegedly stemmed from their differing views on GMOs. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Newly Released Photo of Prince Charles and Princess Anne Proves the Royal Siblings Love a Good Laugh," 19 Nov. 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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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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