to assert the contrary or opposite of; deny directly and categorically.
to speak contrary to the assertions of: to contradict oneself.
(of an action or event) to imply a denial of: His way of life contradicts his stated principles.
Obsolete. to speak or declare against; oppose.
to utter a contrary statement.
- con·tra·dict·a·ble, adjective
- con·tra·dict·er, con·tra·dic·tor, noun
- un·con·tra·dict·a·ble, adjective
- un·con·tra·dict·a·bly, adverb
- un·con·tra·dict·ed, adjective
- un·con·tra·dict·ed·ly, adverb
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How to use contradict in a sentence
McCann has tried to tell daters these contradicting traits generally don’t come in the same package.
He said scholarly studies can often contradict each other, which may explain why these conversations persist.Video games deserve better than blanket, parachute coverage from reporters who don’t get it | Gene Park | January 27, 2021 | Washington Post
Those responses have sometimes contradicted previous guidance from the agency, leaving health care providers confused about how money can be used and what the agency would seek to claw back.How the CARES Act Forgot America’s Most Vulnerable Hospitals | by Brianna Bailey, The Frontier | January 26, 2021 | ProPublica
We can contradict the breach with every prayer, every policy, every sermon from every pulpit, and every call to the people.'We Must Have a Third Reconstruction.' Read the Full Text of the Rev. William J. Barber II's Sermon at the Inaugural Prayer Service | William J. Barber II | January 21, 2021 | Time
One of his early crimes, shown in flashback, appears to contradict that code.‘Lupin’ is a thrilling heist series, but it goes deeper than that | Bethonie Butler | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
Do the varied autopsy reports support or contradict witness testimony?
It would also contradict the official Ukrainian government line, which is that Russian personnel hit the button.U.S. Intelligence: Separatists, Not Russians, Killed MH17 | Josh Rogin | July 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
These orders must be specifically linked to his executive authority and must not contradict a statute passed by Congress.
And what if the parts we cannot see contradict the ones we do?The True Muslim Revolutionaries and Their Fight Against Extremism | Timothy Michael Law | August 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The report says, "In many cases, these NGO activities directly contradict American policies in support of peace efforts."NGO Monitor's Selective Attacks on Groups Opposed to U.S. Policies | Ali Gharib | May 22, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Thomas goes on to contradict Aristotle, in holding quod nullum ens esset nisi corpus.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II) | Henry Osborn Taylor
The circle around did not exactly contradict him, but exhibited expressive appearances of incredulity.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
Certainly, replied the shorter man; and whatever Mr. Giles says it isnt our place to contradict him.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3) | Charles Dickens
But yet let not any man judge: and let not a man be rebuked: for thy people are as they that contradict the priest.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Somebody presumes to contradict him, and clearly proves to him that what he says is untrue.The 'Characters' of Jean de La Bruyre | Jean de La Bruyre
British Dictionary definitions for contradict
(tr) to affirm the opposite of (a proposition, statement, etc)
(tr) to declare (a proposition, statement, etc) to be false or incorrect; deny
(intr) to be argumentative or contrary
(tr) to be inconsistent with (a proposition, theory, etc): the facts contradicted his theory
(intr) (of two or more facts, principles, etc) to be at variance; be in contradiction
- contradictable, adjective
- contradicter or contradictor, noun
- contradictive or contradictious, adjective
- contradictively or contradictiously, adverb
- contradictiveness or contradictiousness, noun
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