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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


Synonym study

1, 2. See deny.


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Examples from the Web for uncontradicted

Historical Examples

  • They have been unrefuted, uncontradicted in any of their details.

    The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)

    John Greenleaf Whittier

  • As the uncontradicted idea is, for the time, reality, so is it a motor impulse.

    The Behavior of Crowds

    Everett Dean Martin

  • As to the statement being in the books it is uncontradicted.

  • You had the range of every court in Europe uncontradicted by us.

  • And it remained, for the first time, uncontradicted by anybody.

    The Streets of Ascalon

    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for uncontradicted


  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 uncontradicted



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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