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gainsay

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1 to declare not to be true
  • It can't be gainsaid that most people wish they had more time and money.
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2 to make an assertion that is contrary to one made by (another)
  • They repeatedly tried to gainsay me, though every point I made was backed up by facts.
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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

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