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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Taylor’s testimony contradicted Trump’s repeated denials that there was any quid pro quo. Deb Riechmann, Twin Cities, "Ex-Trump aide confirms Ukraine aid was linked to Biden probe," 1 Nov. 2019 Taylor’s testimony contradicted Trump’s repeated denials that there was any quid pro quo. Deb Riechmann, The Denver Post, "Ex-Trump aide confirms Biden probe sought, says not illegal," 31 Oct. 2019 Baden’s opinion contradicted New York City Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson, who ruled Epstein’s cause of death to be a suicide by hanging. al, "Jeffrey Epstein was likely murdered, famous pathologist says," 30 Oct. 2019 Without an eyewitness to directly contradict the defense assertion that Nieves was threatening to shoot the off-duty officer, prosecutors must rely on other supporting evidence to fill in the blanks. Megan Crepeau,, "Ex-Chicago cop on trial for off-duty killing declines to take witness stand as testimony ends," 29 Oct. 2019 Nine key figures have testified so far including the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, who contradicted the president's assertions there was no quid pro quo with Ukraine in explosive testimony on Tuesday. NBC News, "Meet the Press - October 27, 2019," 27 Oct. 2019 The state argued that such a move would force it to litigate its cases in federal court, though the 6th Circuit cited case law that contradicted this assertion. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Appeals court denies Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s attempt to halt federal opioid trial," 10 Oct. 2019 Instead of focusing on Mueller's warning of current Russian interference, or him contradicting the president's assertion that his report exonerated him, Trump's media allies spotlighted his demeanor. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "In the age of the information wars, Mueller's traditionalist approach was his major flaw," 26 July 2019 Gowdy: What is the basis of your belief that there was an immediate attempt to corroborate or contradict the underlying factual assertions? WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: Comey Can’t Remember," 11 Dec. 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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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of contradict was in 1582

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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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