[geyn-sey, geyn-sey]
verb (used with object), gainsaid, gainsaying.
to deny, dispute, or contradict.
to speak or act against; oppose.

1250–1300; Middle English gainsaien. See again, say1

gainsayer, noun
ungainsaid, adjective Unabridged
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gainsay (ɡeɪnˈseɪ)
vb , -says, -saying, -said
archaic, literary or (tr) to deny (an allegation, a statement, etc); contradict
[C13 gainsaien, from gain-against + saien to say1]

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Word Origin & History

"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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Example sentences
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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