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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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 The finding contradicts official statistics, which show the first Covid-19 cases in France occurred in people who returned from Wuhan, China, at the end of January. Marthe Fourcade, Fortune, "French doctors confirm COVID-19 case from December, throwing Europe outbreak timeline into question," 5 May 2020 In fact, this optimistic projection contradicts other data put out by the union government itself. Shoaib Daniyal, Quartz India, "It’s working… it’s not: The Indian government’s view of the coronavirus lockdown," 28 Apr. 2020 Social distancing contradicts much of what being a teenager is all about. Catherine Bagwell, The Conversation, "Teens are wired to resent being stuck with parents and cut off from friends during coronavirus lockdown," 22 Apr. 2020 Clearly, these behaviors directly contradict what many countries deem to be fair trade practices. Justin Sherman, Wired, "The US Is Waging War on Digital Trade Barriers," 10 Apr. 2020 The boasting about America’s fight against the novel coronavirus is contradicted by every statistic generated by professionals. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Trump’s absurd parade of CEOs conceals his inaction in the coronavirus crisis," 13 Mar. 2020 Reed also disputed that the vendors had not worked with the RNC before McDaniel became chair, an assertion that is contradicted by FEC reports. Mike Spies, ProPublica, "The RNC Gave Big Contracts to Companies Linked to Its Chairwoman’s Husband and Political Backers," 13 Mar. 2020 The president repeatedly says that China is paying the cost of the tariffs, a claim that is contradicted by several studies and most economists. Washington Post, "Trump’s trade deal with China won’t give many U.S. companies relief, as most tariffs will remain," 14 Jan. 2020 Both have given accounts of their knowledge of the Steele dossier that are contradicted by a number of sources. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Former Intelligence Chiefs Fit Perfectly into Media Advocacy Culture," 19 Dec. 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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The first known use of contradict was in 1582

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28 May 2020

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“Contradict.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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