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verb (used with object)
  1. to assert the contrary or opposite of; deny directly and categorically.
  2. to speak contrary to the assertions of: to contradict oneself.
  3. (of an action or event) to imply a denial of: His way of life contradicts his stated principles.
  4. Obsolete. to speak or declare against; oppose.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to utter a contrary statement.
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Origin of contradict

1560–70; < Latin contrādictus (past participle of contrādīcere to gainsay), equivalent to contrā- contra-1 + dic- (variant stem of dīcere to speak) + -tus past participle suffix
Related formscon·tra·dict·a·ble, adjectivecon·tra·dict·er, con·tra·dic·tor, nounun·con·tra·dict·a·ble, adjectiveun·con·tra·dict·a·bly, adverbun·con·tra·dict·ed, adjectiveun·con·tra·dict·ed·ly, adverb


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1, 2. See deny.


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Examples from the Web for contradicted

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Historical Examples

  • You never were contradicted before: you had always your own way.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • I explained that I had not contradicted myself, that she had not rightly interpreted my words.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • But they contradicted the order for tea, and only my uncle Harlowe came up to me.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Then she stepped back, and contradicted them with a little laugh.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • He contradicted Flipfield dead, before he had eaten his salmon.

British Dictionary definitions for contradicted


  1. (tr) to affirm the opposite of (a proposition, statement, etc)
  2. (tr) to declare (a proposition, statement, etc) to be false or incorrect; deny
  3. (intr) to be argumentative or contrary
  4. (tr) to be inconsistent with (a proposition, theory, etc)the facts contradicted his theory
  5. (intr) (of two or more facts, principles, etc) to be at variance; be in contradiction
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Derived Formscontradictable, adjectivecontradicter or contradictor, nouncontradictive or contradictious, adjectivecontradictively or contradictiously, adverbcontradictiveness or contradictiousness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin contrādīcere, from contra- + dīcere to speak, say
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Word Origin and History for contradicted



1570s, "speak against," also "assert the contrary" (1580s), from Latin contradictus, past participle of contradicere (see contradiction). Related: Contradicted; contradicting; contradictive.

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