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
- 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.
- intransitive v. To oppose in words; to gainsay; to deny, or assert the contrary of, something.
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
Latin contrādīcere, contrādict-, to speak against : contrā-, contra- + dīcere, to speak; see deik- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the pariciple stem of Latin contrādīcō ("I speak against") (originally two words). (Wiktionary)