Definition of contradict
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.
contradictableplay \ˌkän-trə-ˈdik-tə-bəl\ adjective
contradictorplay \ˌkän-trə-ˈdik-tər\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of contradict from the Web
A Waller County grand jury indicted him after video from his patrol car contradicted his claims that Bland assaulted him without provocation during her arrest.
There are no fewer than a dozen rival theories advanced by a rich confusion of academics, antiquarians and statesmen who contradict one another and sometimes themselves.
The European court's conclusion seems to confirm the Court of Cassation’s rejection of the Versailles court’s ruling, but does not contradict the most recent decision, from Paris, which found that W failed to prove causation.
The behavior and reputations of both contestants have been drawn and quartered in the media and on Twitter; other contestants have taken sides; both Jackson and Olympios lawyered up and released contradicting statements.
Warner Bros.' conclusion contradicts the statement Olympios made about the incident on June 14.
That account was contradicted by prosecutors’ account Thursday.
A 120-page report from the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office shows some witnesses observing the same events gave vastly differing descriptions — sometimes contradicting physical and scientific evidence.
The problem may have cropped up again in the failure to stop Saturday’s London terror rampage, with Italy and the U.K. contradicting each other over whether one of the assailants had been flagged as a threat to British authorities.
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Synonym Discussion of contradict
CONTRADICT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of contradict for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of contradict for Students
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.
Word Root of contradict
The Latin word dicere, meaning “to say” or “to speak,” and its form dictus give us the root dict. Words from the Latin dicere have something to do with saying or speaking. To dictate is to say words that are to be written down by someone else. To contradict is to say the opposite of what someone else has said. To predict is to say what will happen before it does.
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