What does contradict mean?

Definitions for contradictˌkɒn trəˈdɪkt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word contradict.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. contradict, belie, negate(verb)

    be in contradiction with

  2. contradict, negate, contravene(verb)

    deny the truth of

  3. oppose, controvert, contradict(verb)

    be resistant to

    "The board opposed his motion"

  4. negate, contradict(verb)

    prove negative; show to be false


  1. contradict(Verb)

    To speak against; to forbid.

  2. contradict(Verb)

    To deny the truth of (a statement or statements).

    His testimony contradicts hers.

  3. contradict(Verb)

    To make a statement denying the truth of the statement(s) made by (a person).

    Everything he says contradicts me.

  4. Origin: From the pariciple stem of contradico (originally two words).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contradict(verb)

    to assert the contrary of; to oppose in words; to take issue with; to gainsay; to deny the truth of, as of a statement or a speaker; to impugn

  2. Contradict(verb)

    to be contrary to; to oppose; to resist

  3. Contradict(verb)

    to oppose in words; to gainsay; to deny, or assert the contrary of, something

  4. Origin: [L. contradictus, p. p. of contradicere to speak against; contra + dicere to speak. See Diction.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Contradict

    kon-tra-dikt′, v.t. to oppose by words: to assert the contrary: to deny: to be contrary to in character.—adj. Contradict′able.—n. Contradic′tion, act of contradicting: a speaking against: denial: inconsistency.—adj. Contradic′tious.—advs. Contradic′tiously (rare), Contradic′torily.—adjs. Contradict′ive, Contradict′ory, affirming the contrary: inconsistent.—n. Contradict′oriness, the quality of being contradictory, [L. contradicĕre, -dictum.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contradict in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contradict in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Benjamin Disraeli:

    I never deny, I never contradict. I sometimes forget.

  2. George Bernard Shaw:

    A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.

  3. Walt Whitman:

    Do I contradict myself Very well then I contradict myself,

  4. William Hiram Foulkes:

    Science and religion no more contradict each other than light and electricity.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    We will not hesitate to speak out when we see actions that contradict those values.

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