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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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  • It fit the available facts and it was open to revision if new facts contradicting it came to light.
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  • Redfield's findings are already contradicting aspects of the original work.
  • Nobody in the coalition wants to restart their earlier in-fighting by flatly contradicting her.
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  • It may end up contradicting the spirit of the narrative you're trying to put forth.
  • These two theories are contradicting each other, which makes unification impossible.
  • While not contradicting the extraordinary pervasiveness of the technology, there is some merit to this view.
  • Reporters have stood out with their own evidence, contradicting the ministry's statement.
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British Dictionary definitions for contradicting


(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 contradicting



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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