[ kon-truh-in-di-keyt ]
/ ˌkɒn trəˈɪn dɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), con·tra·in·di·cat·ed, con·tra·in·di·cat·ing. Medicine/Medical.

(of a symptom or condition) to give indication against the advisability of (a particular or usual remedy or treatment).

Nearby words

  1. contrafactual,
  2. contrafissura,
  3. contraflow,
  4. contragestive,
  5. contrail,
  6. contraindication,
  7. contralateral,
  8. contralateral hemiplegia,
  9. contralto,
  10. contranym

Origin of contraindicate

1660–70; probably back formation from contraindication. See contra1, indication

Related formscon·tra·in·di·cant [kon-truh-in-di-kuh nt] /ˌkɒn trəˈɪn dɪ kənt/, nouncon·tra·in·di·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for contraindicate


/ (ˌkɒntrəˈɪndɪˌkeɪt) /


(tr; usually passive) med to advise against or indicate the possible danger of (a drug, treatment, etc)
Derived Formscontraindicant, nouncontraindication, noun

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Word Origin and History for contraindicate



1660s, from contra- + indicate. Related: Contraindicated; contraindication (1620s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for contraindicate


[ kŏn′trə-ĭndĭ-kāt′ ]


To indicate the inadvisability of something, such as a medical treatment.

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