Definition of contradict in English:



  • 1 Deny 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’
    • ‘But that preposterous assertion is contradicted by much evidence.’
    • ‘However, a healthy body of evidence would appear to contradict my assertion.’
    • ‘But even more importantly, this answer contradicts their previous answers.’
    • ‘This contradicts most common criticisms of romanticised portrayals of smoking in contemporary films.’
    • ‘The entry in question, therefore, is not evidence which contradicts his assertion, and the Crown does not suggest otherwise.’
    • ‘What is relevant is to consider, does this statement tend to challenge or contradict the testimony of the witness?’
    • ‘This directly contradicts Robinson's assertion that policing costs would decline after such a move.’
    • ‘That appeared to contradict a statement by the police yesterday morning which flatly denied having offered any compensation to the family.’
    • ‘However, when then asked questions about the specific disputes they had recently attended their replies almost invariably contradicted their initial response.’
    • ‘Recent events in the eponymous capital, however, contradict this declaration of openness and tolerance.’
    • ‘Having other writers to talk to and engage with helps; and if this appears to contradict the statement before, that can't be helped.’
    • ‘This has become particularly necessary with the increasing number of observations that contradict the theory's predictions.’
    • ‘The Minister's own officials released an email that contradicts his answers to parliamentary questions.’
    • ‘But that of course directly contradicted Kerik's own statements.’
    • ‘This contradicts the council's assertion that just 19 Swindon women had used the unit in the past two years.’
    • ‘I was appalled by his sheer lack of professional introspection in the face of substantial evidence that contradicted his assertions.’
    • ‘That flatly contradicts the Opposition leader's version of events.’
    • ‘It also contradicts praise from the deputy prime minister's office about our excellent work in neighbourhood renewal.’
    deny, refute, rebut, dispute, counter
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    1. 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’
      • ‘I like to oppose and contradict people for the fun of it.’
      • ‘The fact that one witness contradicts another witness is just a matter of getting to the facts.’
      • ‘Since nobody contradicts you (and the goldfish doesn't care) you easily convince yourself that you are ‘on the right lines’.’
      • ‘I hesitated to contradict him, but I believed he was missing the point.’
      • ‘He said it uninhibited by any fear that someone might laugh at or contradict him.’
      • ‘No one will dare contradict you or insinuate that you've taken your ideas from others!’
      • ‘The guys make my day by saying (and contradicting the lady I spoke to on the phone in the process) they can move the filing cabinet without all the files being removed from it.’
      • ‘I could not disagree with him or contradict him without him taking it as a personal attack.’
      • ‘Without going into all the nitty-gritty details, Rice gave her loose denial when there was very little in the public record to contradict her.’
      • ‘As a child I would never have dared to contradict my parents.’
      • ‘No one fell over themselves to contradict him either.’
      • ‘His story began to collapse as other witnesses contradicted him.’
      • ‘None of these officials has dared to contradict Carter on this.’
      • ‘Some sought to contradict him, while others tried, unsuccessfully, to ignore his prying.’
      • ‘He said on Thursday that he had been deluged with messages from his constituents contradicting him.’
      • ‘Now no one will speak candidly about him or take him on or contradict him.’
      • ‘That wasn't true, but I didn't contradict her because I knew that would just make things worse.’
      • ‘And then the programme totally contradicted him by showing a computer animation in which they illustrated how the structure might have been covered in a mound of earth, as some kind of barrow.’
      • ‘Even where the facts are there to contradict him, his personal belief is privileged over external evidence.’
      • ‘Having said this, lots of people have other experiences which might contradict me here.’
      challenge, oppose, argue against, go against, be at variance with
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    2. 1.2Be in conflict with.
      ‘the existing layout of the city contradicted the logic of the new centre’
      • ‘This clearly contradicted previous concerns about competition and conflict with the works of art.’
      • ‘However, this week the high court contradicts history, logic and law in denying our inalienable right to acknowledge God.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you can reason from self-evident propositions and not contradict the laws of logic as you reason, anything you deduce can only be true.’
      • ‘Shortly thereafter, completely contradicting this advice, the ship's captain indicated that he would enter Australian territorial waters and approach Christmas Island.’
      • ‘But I can't see how imagination would in any way contradict logic.’
      • ‘The teachers and certain people in the administration are extremely closed-minded to any ideas that conflict or contradict their own.’
      • ‘The main argument against allowing such a defence is that it contradicts the temporal logic of the law.’
      • ‘Expectations that contradict actual experience cause stress for survivors and potential conflicts with family, work, and the medical team.’
      • ‘I intend to show that Behe's assertion contradicts logic.’
      • ‘Clearly their behavior in the past eight years blatantly contradicts these principles and makes a mockery of their promises.’
      • ‘That doesn't mean she needs to contradict her own personality by, in turn, copying me.’
      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
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Late 16th century: from Latin contradict- spoken against, from the verb contradicere, originally contra dicere speak against.