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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 contradicts
  • His forgery contradicts the histories, customs, and language of that age.
  • The study contradicts past research that suggested the region dried up within a few hundred years.
  • His philanthropic activity also contradicts the stock image of the greedy robber baron.
  • He merrily contradicts himself, already moving on to the next thought.
  • But in the eyes of some students, such a restriction contradicts the entire point of the site.
  • There is an aesthetic and structural flaw in the novel: its emotional content contradicts its structural content.
  • On the one hand, if you tell him the truth and it contradicts his sense of infallibility, you are in trouble.
  • After all any inconsistent theory can prove anything and so, it contradicts any experimental results.
  • It's normal to filter out information that contradicts our preconceptions.
  • He is quite right, after all, that one can draw evidence from his book that contradicts his positions.
British Dictionary definitions for contradicts


(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 contradicts



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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