verb (used with object), gain·said, gain·say·ing.
Origin of gainsay
Examples from the Web for gainsaying
There was no gainsaying this reasoning, nor would Mr. and Mrs. Barlow have asked Brenda to change her plans.Brenda's Bargain|Helen Leah Reed
But now he was to receive confirmation of the story of Louise Aubin's suspicions from a source there was no gainsaying.A Traitor's Wooing|Headon Hill
Mrs. Middleton was sentimental—there was no gainsaying that; she was rather gushing.Elsie Marley, Honey|Joslyn Gray
There was no gainsaying this; and Bella was crushed and humiliated.The Long Portage|Harold Bindloss
The gainsaying of men brought Him to the bloody death of the Cross.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews|Thomas Charles Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for gainsaying
verb -says, -saying or -said
Word Origin for gainsay
Word Origin and History for gainsaying
"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.