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gainsay

[geyn-sey, geyn-sey] /ˈgeɪnˌseɪ, geɪnˈseɪ/
verb (used with object), gainsaid, gainsaying.
1.
to deny, dispute, or contradict.
2.
to speak or act against; oppose.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English gainsaien. See again, say1
Related forms
gainsayer, noun
ungainsaid, adjective
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Examples for gainsaid
  • It cannot be gainsaid that the controversy was not commenced and pending at the time of the filing of the bankruptcy case.
  • It cannot be gainsaid that the complainants, long and loudly, requested a parking space accommodation.
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gainsay

/ɡeɪnˈseɪ/
verb -says, -saying, -said
1.
(transitive) (archaic or literary) to deny (an allegation, a statement, etc); contradict
Derived Forms
gainsayer, noun
Word Origin
C13 gainsaien, from gain-against + saien to say1
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Word Origin and History for gainsaid
gainsay
"to contradict," c.1300, lit. "say against," from O.E. gegn- "against" + say. "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.
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