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Definitions for contradict
ˌkɒn trəˈdɪktcon·tra·dict

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contradict, belie, negateverb

    be in contradiction with

  2. contradict, negate, contraveneverb

    deny the truth of

  3. oppose, controvert, contradictverb

    be resistant to

    "The board opposed his motion"

  4. negate, contradictverb

    prove negative; show to be false


  1. contradictverb

    To speak against; to forbid.

  2. contradictverb

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

    His testimony contradicts hers.

  3. contradictverb

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

    Everything he says contradicts me.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CONTRADICTverb

    Etymology: contradico, Latin.

    It is not lawful to contradict a point of history which is known to all the world, as to make Hannibal and Scipio contemporaries with Alexander. John Dryden, Æn. Dedication,.

    No truth can contradict any truth. Richard Hooker, b. ii. sect. 7.

    I contradict your banes:
    If you will marry, make your loves to me. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.


  1. Contradict

    In traditional logic, a contradiction occurs when a proposition conflicts either with itself or established fact. It is often used as a tool to detect disingenuous beliefs and bias. Illustrating a general tendency in applied logic, Aristotle's law of noncontradiction states that "It is impossible that the same thing can at the same time both belong and not belong to the same object and in the same respect."In modern formal logic and type theory, the term is mainly used instead for a single proposition, often denoted by the falsum symbol ⊥ {\displaystyle \bot } ; a proposition is a contradiction if false can be derived from it, using the rules of the logic. It is a proposition that is unconditionally false (i.e., a self-contradictory proposition). This can be generalized to a collection of propositions, which is then said to "contain" a contradiction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contradictverb

    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. Contradictverb

    to be contrary to; to oppose; to resist

  3. Contradictverb

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

  4. Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of contradict in a Sentence

  1. Zacarias Moussaoui:

    I also proclaim unequivocally my opposition to any terrorist action, attack, propaganda against the U.S. This undated file photo provided by the Sherburne County Sheriff Office shows Zacarias Moussaoui. Moussaou, the only man ever convicted in a U.S. court for a role in the Sept. 11 attacks now says he is renouncing terrorism. ( Sherburne County, Minn., Sheriff's Office via AP, File) He also renouncedAl Qaeda and the Islamic State terror groups. The motion was made in an attempt to relax the special administrative measures under which he serves his sentence. He also asked thatRudy Giuliani, New Yorks mayor at the time ofthe plot andPresident Trumps personal lawyer, or famed attorney Alan Dershowitz represent him in a civil trial. His remarks contradict his action during his 2006 trial, whenhe narrowly escaped the death penalty. During the proceedings, he taunted victims and flashed a victory sign after a jury opted to sentence him to life in prison. God save Bin Laden, you will never get him.

  2. Sean Davis:

    That claim is demonstrably false, and it is false not according to some partisan spin on the numbers, but because the organization’s own tax filings contradict the claim.

  3. Mark Warner:

    President Trump has repeatedly demonstrated that President Trump is seemingly incapable of hearing facts that contradict President Trump own views, the mission of Intelligence Community is to speak truth to power ; Yet in pushing out two dedicated public servants in as many weeks, once again the President has shown that he has no problem prioritizing his political ego even if it comes at the expense of our national security.

  4. Georges Bataille:

    Sanity is the lot of those who are most obtuse, for lucidity destroys one's equilibrium: it is unhealthy to honestly endure the labors of the mind which incessantly contradict what they have just established.

  5. Vladimir Putin:

    And unilaterally imposed and politically motivated sanctions on investment, trade and, in particular, technology transfer become its covert form, in our opinion, such sanctions not only have no perspective, but they also contradict the G20 principles for interacting in the interests of all countries of the world.

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