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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb contradict:


The word contradict and its family (contradicted, contradicting, contradiction, contradictions, contradictory, contradicts) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb contradict

What does contradict mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: contradicted | contradicting | contradicts

  1. be in contradiction with
  2. deny the truth of
  3. be resistant to
  4. prove negative; show to be false

Alternative definition of the verb contradict


  1. [obsolete] To speak against; to forbid.
  2. To deny the truth of (a statement or statements).
  3. To make a statement denying the truth of the statement(s) made by (a person).

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for contradict

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Google previewThe Popular Science Monthly (1886)

The second doctrine which the evolution hypothesis is solemnly warned not to contradict is that which affirms that " mankind has sinned and come short of the glory of God." Guilt and imperfection, we are told — and, as the present writer thinks, ...

Google previewHomological Questions in Local Algebra (1990)

by Jan R. Strooker

What these examples do not contradict is that if M is a finitely generated module over a noetherian local ring and x ...

Google previewA History of Palestine, 634-1099 (1997)

by Moshe Gil

II, 277, who adds: the destruction of Ramla was final, for it was not rebuilt (it seems that what the aforementioned account of Ibn Shaddad intended to contradict is that latter opinion, which does not sound credible at all); Ibn al- Dawadari, 387; ...

Google previewElectrical World (1920)

to contradict is that the locality from which the coal comes has a considerable bearing on success in storing it. Differences in friability and also in the likelihood of heating do exist, but they ...

Google previewA dictionary of the Kalispel or Flat-head Indian language, compiled by the missionaries of the Society of Jesus [or rather by J. Giorda (1879)

by Joseph Giorda

CONTRADICT, v. f. 1st To reject one's statement, disbelieve, Ie- kciusem. 2d To oppose one's wish, to refuse to comply, Ies-fsims, Ics-ntein- zancm, Ics- ngofelzincm.

Google previewA Dictionary of the Otchipwe Language, Explained in English (1853)

For the Use of Missionaries, and Other Persons Living Among the Above Mentioned Indians by Frederic Baraga

Contradict ...

Google previewMacmillan Dictionary for Children (2001)

by Robert B. Costello

contradict To say the opposite of; ...

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Contradict Meaning

Video shows what contradict means. To speak against; to forbid.. To deny the truth of (a statement or statements).. To make a statement denying the truth of the ...

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Quotes about contradict

Do I contradict myself? Very well then; I contradict myself. (Walt Whitman)
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Scrabble value of C3O1N1T1R1A1D2I1C3T1

The value of this 10-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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