from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To assert or express the opposite of (a statement).
  • transitive v. To deny the statement of. See Synonyms at deny.
  • transitive v. To be contrary to; be inconsistent with.
  • intransitive v. To utter a contradictory statement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To speak against; to forbid.
  • v. To deny the truth of (a statement or statements).
  • v. To make a statement denying the truth of the statement(s) made by (a person).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To oppose in words; to gainsay; to deny, or assert the contrary of, something.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To be contrary to; to oppose; to resist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To assert the contrary or opposite of; deny directly and categorically: as, his statement was at once contradicted.
  • To deny the words or assertion of; address or speak of in contradiction: as, he contradicted the previous speaker; I contradicted him to his face.
  • To oppose; act or be directly contrary to; be inconsistent with: as, the statement which was made contradicts experience.
  • To speak or declare against; forbid.
  • Synonyms To gainsay, impugn, controvert, dispute. To contravene.
  • To utter a contrary statement or a contradiction; deny.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be in contradiction with
  • v. prove negative; show to be false
  • v. be resistant to
  • v. deny the truth of


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin contrādīcere, contrādict-, to speak against : contrā-, contra- + dīcere, to speak; see deik- in Indo-European roots.

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From the pariciple stem of Latin contrādīcō ("I speak against") (originally two words).


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