Definition of contradict in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɒntrəˈdɪkt/


[with object]
1Deny the truth of (a statement) by asserting the opposite: the survey appears to contradict the industry’s claims [with clause]: he did not contradict what he said last week
More example sentences
  • That appeared to contradict a statement by the police yesterday morning which flatly denied having offered any compensation to the family.
  • However, a healthy body of evidence would appear to contradict my assertion.
  • Having other writers to talk to and engage with helps; and if this appears to contradict the statement before, that can't be helped.
deny, refute, rebut, dispute, counter;
say the opposite of
formal gainsay
rare controvert, confute, negative
1.1Assert the opposite of a statement made by (someone): he did not contradict her but just said nothing within five minutes he had contradicted himself twice
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  • I like to oppose and contradict people for the fun of it.
  • I could not disagree with him or contradict him without him taking it as a personal attack.
  • Even where the facts are there to contradict him, his personal belief is privileged over external evidence.
challenge, oppose, argue against, go against, be at variance with
formal gainsay, impugn
1.2Be in conflict with: the existing layout of the city contradicted the logic of the new centre
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  • The teachers and certain people in the administration are extremely closed-minded to any ideas that conflict or contradict their own.
  • These figures, which document an out-of-control war on drugs in the city, contradict the rhetoric we are hearing from all quarters.
  • He pointed out, however, that the introduction of minimum buyout prices of grain, as the producers want, is not possible, because it contradicts the market logic.
conflict with, be at odds with, be at variance with, disagree with, be inconsistent with, clash with, run counter to, give the lie to, belie;
informal fly in the face of, make a nonsense of, shoot full of holes, drive a coach and horses through



Example sentences
  • That is the advantage of having contradictors.
  • Your Honours heard from our learned friend, Mr Bain, that the obvious contradictor, Mr Hurst, has not appeared on this application.
  • If there is no contradictor, try as counsel may to present the arguments, it is nonetheless much easier from my end if there is a true contradiction.


Late 16th century: from Latin contradict- 'spoken against', from the verb contradicere, originally contra dicere 'speak against'.

Words that rhyme with contradict

addict, afflict, conflict, constrict, convict, delict, depict, evict, hand-picked, inflict, interdict, Pict, predict, reconvict, strict

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