Definition of "contradict" []

  • To assert or express the opposite of (a statement). (verb-transitive)
  • To deny the statement of. See Synonyms at deny. (verb-transitive)
  • To be contrary to; be inconsistent with. (verb-transitive)
  • To utter a contradictory statement. (verb-intransitive)
  • To affirm the opposite of (a proposition, statement, etc) (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To declare (a proposition, statement, etc) to be false or incorrect; deny (verb)
  • To be argumentative or contrary (verb)
  • To be inconsistent with (a proposition, theory, etc) (verb)
  • (of two or more facts, principles, etc) to be at variance; be in contradiction (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "contradict" in a sentence
  • "Even the word contradict implies a civilized disagreement “Father, I beg to differ with you” as opposed to the humiliating public showdowns many of us have experienced."
  • "#31 – Coldlimptruth – see posts 12, 19, and 27 … they show how Karls word contradict Karls words."
  • "The meanings and inferences associated with the subject (omnipotence = physical power) of a counterintuitive expression contradict those associated with the predicate (insubstantial = lack of physical substance), as in the expressions “the bachelor is married” or “the deceased is alive.”"