Definitions for gainsayˈgeɪnˌseɪ, geɪnˈseɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gain•sayˈgeɪnˌseɪ, geɪnˈseɪ(v.t.)-said, -say•ing.

  1. to deny; dispute; contradict.

  2. to speak or act against; oppose.

Origin of gainsay:

1250–1300; ME gainsaien; see again , say


Princeton's WordNet

  1. challenge, dispute, gainsay(verb)

    take exception to

    "She challenged his claims"


  1. gainsay(Verb)

    To contradict; to deny, refute; to controvert; to dispute; to forbid.

  2. Origin: From gainsayen, ȝeinseggen, equivalent to .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gainsay(verb)

    to contradict; to deny; to controvert; to dispute; to forbid


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