Definition of contradict in English:

contradict

verb

[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’
    • ‘That appeared to contradict a statement by the police yesterday morning which flatly denied having offered any compensation to the family.’
    • ‘The entry in question, therefore, is not evidence which contradicts his assertion, and the Crown does not suggest otherwise.’
    • ‘But that of course directly contradicted Kerik's own statements.’
    • ‘I was appalled by his sheer lack of professional introspection in the face of substantial evidence that contradicted his assertions.’
    • ‘This contradicts the council's assertion that just 19 Swindon women had used the unit in the past two years.’
    • ‘This contradicts most common criticisms of romanticised portrayals of smoking in contemporary films.’
    • ‘Recent events in the eponymous capital, however, contradict this declaration of openness and tolerance.’
    • ‘What is relevant is to consider, does this statement tend to challenge or contradict the testimony of the witness?’
    • ‘Having other writers to talk to and engage with helps; and if this appears to contradict the statement before, that can't be helped.’
    • ‘But that preposterous assertion is contradicted by much evidence.’
    • ‘However, when then asked questions about the specific disputes they had recently attended their replies almost invariably contradicted their initial response.’
    • ‘The Minister's own officials released an email that contradicts his answers to parliamentary questions.’
    • ‘But even more importantly, this answer contradicts their previous answers.’
    • ‘This has become particularly necessary with the increasing number of observations that contradict the theory's predictions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This directly contradicts Robinson's assertion that policing costs would decline after such a move.’
    • ‘However, a healthy body of evidence would appear to contradict my assertion.’
    deny, refute, rebut, dispute, counter
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    1. 1.1 Assert 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even where the facts are there to contradict him, his personal belief is privileged over external evidence.’
      • ‘Since nobody contradicts you (and the goldfish doesn't care) you easily convince yourself that you are ‘on the right lines’.’
      • ‘No one will dare contradict you or insinuate that you've taken your ideas from others!’
      • ‘None of these officials has dared to contradict Carter on this.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His story began to collapse as other witnesses contradicted him.’
      • ‘As a child I would never have dared to contradict my parents.’
      • ‘He said it uninhibited by any fear that someone might laugh at or contradict him.’
      • ‘I like to oppose and contradict people for the fun of it.’
      • ‘Having said this, lots of people have other experiences which might contradict me here.’
      • ‘No one fell over themselves to contradict him either.’
      • ‘I hesitated to contradict him, but I believed he was missing the point.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I could not disagree with him or contradict him without him taking it as a personal attack.’
      • ‘The fact that one witness contradicts another witness is just a matter of getting to the facts.’
      challenge, oppose, argue against, go against, be at variance with
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    2. 1.2 Be 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.’
      • ‘Clearly their behavior in the past eight years blatantly contradicts these principles and makes a mockery of their promises.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, this week the high court contradicts history, logic and law in denying our inalienable right to acknowledge God.’
      • ‘I intend to show that Behe's assertion contradicts logic.’
      • ‘Expectations that contradict actual experience cause stress for survivors and potential conflicts with family, work, and the medical team.’
      • ‘Shortly thereafter, completely contradicting this advice, the ship's captain indicated that he would enter Australian territorial waters and approach Christmas Island.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That doesn't mean she needs to contradict her own personality by, in turn, copying me.’
      • ‘These figures, which document an out-of-control war on drugs in the city, contradict the rhetoric we are hearing from all quarters.’
      • ‘But I can't see how imagination would in any way contradict 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
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

contradict

/kɒntrəˈdɪkt/