[ kon-truh-dik-shuhn ]
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  1. the act of contradicting; gainsaying or opposition.

  2. assertion of the contrary or opposite; denial.

  1. a statement or proposition that contradicts or denies another or itself and is logically incongruous.

  2. direct opposition between things compared; inconsistency.

  3. a contradictory act, fact, etc.

Origin of contradiction

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English contradiccioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin contrādictiōn-, stem of contrādictiō “counterargument, objection, reply”; equivalent to contradict + -ion

Other words from contradiction

  • in·ter·con·tra·dic·tion, noun

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How to use contradiction in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for contradiction


/ (ˌkɒntrəˈdɪkʃən) /

  1. the act of going against; opposition; denial

  2. a declaration of the opposite or contrary

  1. a statement that is at variance with itself (often in the phrase a contradiction in terms)

  2. conflict or inconsistency, as between events, qualities, etc

  3. a person or thing containing conflicting qualities

  4. logic a statement that is false under all circumstances; necessary falsehood

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