verb (used with object), gain·said, gain·say·ing.
Origin of gainsay
Examples from the Web for gainsay
But it will be a cost, and it will be large -- nobody can gainsay that.You Still Can't Wish Away the Facts on Immigration Amnesty|David Frum|May 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
As long as the United States was the economic primus inter pares, those arguments were hard to gainsay.
We may not gainsay the conclusion, but surely there are those who will linger and hesitate.Beast and Man in India|John Lockwood Kipling
He shrugged his shoulders, unable apparently to gainsay this unanswerable argument.A Bride of the Plains|Baroness Emmuska Orczy
That the appearance of a vegetable or animal species is due to specific causes, nobody will gainsay.Creative Evolution|Henri Bergson
She's nine years old, and a heretic, like yer own darlin' self, and who's to gainsay ye from it?Ravenshoe|Henry Kingsley
There are unreasoning prejudices in favour of one's own stomach which eloquence cannot gainsay.Americans and Others|Agnes Repplier
British Dictionary definitions for gainsay
verb -says, -saying or -said
Word Origin for gainsay
Word Origin and History for gainsay
"contradict," c.1300, literally "say against," from Old English gegn- "against" (see again) + say (v.). "Solitary survival of a once common prefix" [Weekley], which was used to form such now-obsolete compounds as gain-taking "taking back again," gainclap "a counterstroke," gainbuy "redeem," and gainstand "to oppose." Related: Gainsaid; gainsaying.