Definition of contradict in English:



  • 1 Deny the truth of (a statement), especially by asserting the opposite.

    ‘the survey appears to contradict the industry's claims’
    [with clause] ‘he did not contradict what he said last week’
    • ‘I was appalled by his sheer lack of professional introspection in the face of substantial evidence that contradicted his assertions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This has become particularly necessary with the increasing number of observations that contradict the theory's predictions.’
    • ‘This contradicts the council's assertion that just 19 Swindon women had used the unit in the past two years.’
    • ‘Recent events in the eponymous capital, however, contradict this declaration of openness and tolerance.’
    • ‘The Minister's own officials released an email that contradicts his answers to parliamentary questions.’
    • ‘Having other writers to talk to and engage with helps; and if this appears to contradict the statement before, that can't be helped.’
    • ‘However, when then asked questions about the specific disputes they had recently attended their replies almost invariably contradicted their initial response.’
    • ‘It also contradicts praise from the deputy prime minister's office about our excellent work in neighbourhood renewal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But even more importantly, this answer contradicts their previous answers.’
    • ‘That flatly contradicts the Opposition leader's version of events.’
    • ‘But that preposterous assertion is contradicted by much evidence.’
    • ‘But that of course directly contradicted Kerik's own statements.’
    • ‘The entry in question, therefore, is not evidence which contradicts his assertion, and the Crown does not suggest otherwise.’
    • ‘This contradicts most common criticisms of romanticised portrayals of smoking in contemporary films.’
    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’
      • ‘None of these officials has dared to contradict Carter on this.’
      • ‘His story began to collapse as other witnesses contradicted him.’
      • ‘That wasn't true, but I didn't contradict her because I knew that would just make things worse.’
      • ‘I hesitated to contradict him, but I believed he was missing the point.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I could not disagree with him or contradict him without him taking it as a personal attack.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No one fell over themselves to contradict him either.’
      • ‘I like to oppose and contradict people for the fun of it.’
      • ‘Some sought to contradict him, while others tried, unsuccessfully, to ignore his prying.’
      • ‘The fact that one witness contradicts another witness is just a matter of getting to the facts.’
      • ‘He said on Thursday that he had been deluged with messages from his constituents contradicting him.’
      • ‘Having said this, lots of people have other experiences which might contradict me here.’
      • ‘He said it uninhibited by any fear that someone might laugh at or contradict him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘Even where the facts are there to contradict him, his personal belief is privileged over external evidence.’
      • ‘Now no one will speak candidly about him or take him on or contradict him.’
      challenge, oppose, argue against, go against, be at variance with
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    2. 1.2Be in conflict with.
      ‘that evaporation seems to contradict one of the most fundamental principles of physics’
      • ‘That doesn't mean she needs to contradict her own personality by, in turn, copying me.’
      • ‘But I can't see how imagination would in any way contradict logic.’
      • ‘However, this week the high court contradicts history, logic and law in denying our inalienable right to acknowledge God.’
      • ‘Shortly thereafter, completely contradicting this advice, the ship's captain indicated that he would enter Australian territorial waters and approach Christmas Island.’
      • ‘The main argument against allowing such a defence is that it contradicts the temporal logic of the law.’
      • ‘Clearly their behavior in the past eight years blatantly contradicts these principles and makes a mockery of their promises.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Expectations that contradict actual experience cause stress for survivors and potential conflicts with family, work, and the medical team.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This clearly contradicted previous concerns about competition and conflict with the works of art.’
      • ‘I intend to show that Behe's assertion contradicts logic.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.