from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To declare false; deny. See Synonyms at deny.
- transitive v. To oppose, especially by contradiction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To contradict; to deny, refute; to controvert; to dispute; to forbid.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To contradict; to deny; to controvert; to dispute; to forbid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To speak against; contradict; oppose in words; deny or declare not to be true; controvert; dispute: applied to persons, or to propositions, declarations, or facts.
- n. A gainsaying; opposition in words; contradiction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. take exception to
Middle English gainsayen : gain-, against (from Old English gegn-) + sayen, to say (from Old English secgan; see say).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English gainsayen, ȝeinseggen ("to say against, say in opposition to"), equivalent to gain- + say. (Wiktionary)