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’
    • ‘However, a healthy body of evidence would appear to contradict my assertion.’
    • ‘But that of course directly contradicted Kerik's own statements.’
    • ‘Recent events in the eponymous capital, however, contradict this declaration of openness and tolerance.’
    • ‘But even more importantly, this answer contradicts their previous answers.’
    • ‘I was appalled by his sheer lack of professional introspection in the face of substantial evidence that contradicted his assertions.’
    • ‘But that preposterous assertion is contradicted by much evidence.’
    • ‘This directly contradicts Robinson's assertion that policing costs would decline after such a move.’
    • ‘This contradicts most common criticisms of romanticised portrayals of smoking in contemporary films.’
    • ‘This contradicts the council's assertion that just 19 Swindon women had used the unit in the past two years.’
    • ‘That flatly contradicts the Opposition leader's version of events.’
    • ‘However, when then asked questions about the specific disputes they had recently attended their replies almost invariably contradicted their initial response.’
    • ‘The entry in question, therefore, is not evidence which contradicts his assertion, and the Crown does not suggest otherwise.’
    • ‘Having other writers to talk to and engage with helps; and if this appears to contradict the statement before, that can't be helped.’
    • ‘What is relevant is to consider, does this statement tend to challenge or contradict the testimony of the witness?’
    • ‘The Minister's own officials released an email that contradicts his answers to parliamentary questions.’
    • ‘This has become particularly necessary with the increasing number of observations that contradict the theory's predictions.’
    • ‘That appeared to contradict a statement by the police yesterday morning which flatly denied having offered any compensation to the family.’
    • ‘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. 1.1 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’
      • ‘I like to oppose and contradict people for the fun of it.’
      • ‘His story began to collapse as other witnesses contradicted him.’
      • ‘Now no one will speak candidly about him or take him on or contradict him.’
      • ‘Some sought to contradict him, while others tried, unsuccessfully, to ignore his prying.’
      • ‘No one fell over themselves to contradict him either.’
      • ‘He said on Thursday that he had been deluged with messages from his constituents contradicting him.’
      • ‘As a child I would never have dared to contradict my parents.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even where the facts are there to contradict him, his personal belief is privileged over external evidence.’
      • ‘I hesitated to contradict him, but I believed he was missing the point.’
      • ‘That wasn't true, but I didn't contradict her because I knew that would just make things worse.’
      • ‘Since nobody contradicts you (and the goldfish doesn't care) you easily convince yourself that you are ‘on the right lines’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No one will dare contradict you or insinuate that you've taken your ideas from others!’
      • ‘The fact that one witness contradicts another witness is just a matter of getting to the facts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘None of these officials has dared to contradict Carter on this.’
      • ‘I could not disagree with him or contradict him without him taking it as a personal attack.’
      • ‘He said it uninhibited by any fear that someone might laugh at or contradict him.’
      • ‘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. 1.2 Be in conflict with.
      ‘the existing layout of the city contradicted the logic of the new centre’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Shortly thereafter, completely contradicting this advice, the ship's captain indicated that he would enter Australian territorial waters and approach Christmas Island.’
      • ‘These figures, which document an out-of-control war on drugs in the city, contradict the rhetoric we are hearing from all quarters.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The teachers and certain people in the administration are extremely closed-minded to any ideas that conflict or contradict their own.’
      • ‘This clearly contradicted previous concerns about competition and conflict with the works of art.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, this week the high court contradicts history, logic and law in denying our inalienable right to acknowledge God.’
      • ‘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/