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[kon-truh-dikt] /ˌkɒn trəˈdɪkt/
verb (used with object)
to assert the contrary or opposite of; deny directly and categorically.
to speak contrary to the assertions of:
to contradict oneself.
(of an action or event) to imply a denial of:
His way of life contradicts his stated principles.
Obsolete. to speak or declare against; oppose.
verb (used without object)
to utter a contrary statement.
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 forms
contradictable, adjective
contradicter, contradictor, noun
uncontradictable, adjective
uncontradictably, adverb
uncontradicted, adjective
uncontradictedly, adverb
1, 2. gainsay, impugn, controvert, dispute. See deny.
1. support. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for contradicted
  • In other words, you must isolate the exact act that contradicted the exact rule.
  • Its results contradicted the anticipations both of those who advocated and of those who opposed it.
  • The personal irresponsibility approach is wrong, and is contradicted by a wealth of scientific evidence.
  • Of more concern was the way the existing empirical evidence often contradicted his theory and offered it little direct support.
  • He speaks with the breezy self-importance of someone who is no longer contradicted, seemingly, by anyone.
  • Their probes turned up a few possible genetic suspects, but the findings were contradicted by those from other studies.
  • Unfortunately much of the information which he puts out is not supported by credible sources and in fact is contradicted.
  • Predictions that acceleration as gravity is warp of space are contradicted again and again by observation and simple algebra.
  • He speaks with the breezy self-importance of someone who is no longer contradicted, seemingly, by anyone.
  • The trick is to believe in an inherent value to life that is not contradicted by any of its elements.
British Dictionary definitions for contradicted


(transitive) to affirm the opposite of (a proposition, statement, etc)
(transitive) to declare (a proposition, statement, etc) to be false or incorrect; deny
(intransitive) to be argumentative or contrary
(transitive) to be inconsistent with (a proposition, theory, etc): the facts contradicted his theory
(intransitive) (of two or more facts, principles, etc) to be at variance; be in contradiction
Derived Forms
contradictable, adjective
contradicter, contradictor, noun
contradictive, contradictious, adjective
contradictively, contradictiously, adverb
contradictiveness, contradictiousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin contrādīcere, from contra- + dīcere to speak, say
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Word Origin and History for contradicted



1570s, "speak against," also "assert the contrary" (1580s), from Latin contradictus, past participle of contradicere (see contradiction). Related: Contradicted; contradicting; contradictive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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