contradict

verb
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

Synonyms

disagree (with), gainsay

Antonyms

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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Wednesday's ruling contradicts two earlier judgments from last week. Anchorage Daily News, "Scottish court rules Boris Johnson’s suspension of Britain’s Parliament was illegal," 11 Sep. 2019 This, however, contradicts what HBO president Casey Bloys told TVLine earlier this year. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Nicole Kidman & Shailene Woodley Have Big Little Lies Reunion at Toronto International Film Festival," 8 Sep. 2019 This contradicts previous research from 2016, which found that removing pubic hair was a risk factor for STIs. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "Removing Pubic Hair Doesn’t Raise STI Risk, Study Finds," 5 Sep. 2019 The finding contradicts prior studies based on fossil data, which suggested early animals were probably herbivores. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "The world’s first animal was probably a carnivore," 30 Aug. 2019 However, this totally contradicts what is coming out of French publication L'Equipe, who claim that PSG rejected said offer, regardless of Dembele's stance, for simply not being interested in the proposal. SI.com, "Neymar Future to Be Decided With Barcelona & PSG to Meet in Wake of (Another) Failed Bid," 29 Aug. 2019 Those numbers contradict a Monmouth University Poll that drew attention from the news media, including The New York Times, earlier in the week. Katie Glueck, New York Times, "Polling Picture Comes Into Focus: Biden Leads a 3-Way Race at the Top," 28 Aug. 2019 The research contradicts a forensic analysis of the remains in 1941 that described the bones as belonging to a male. Fox News, "Amelia Earhart mystery: The man who discovered the Titanic is searching for the doomed aviator’s plane," 13 Aug. 2019 But two recent shows contradict traditional tropes, interestingly enough, by going the other direction and bringing new life to another Asian archetype: the unintelligent Asian. Rachel Yang, Teen Vogue, "Unintelligent Asians Are Smart for Television," 8 Aug. 2019

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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 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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