- 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 weekMore 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.
- 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 twiceMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2Be in conflict with: the existing layout of the city contradicted the logic of the new centreMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 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'.