[ kon-truh-dik-shuh n ]
/ ˌkɒn trəˈdɪk ʃən /


the act of contradicting; gainsaying or opposition.
assertion of the contrary or opposite; denial.
a statement or proposition that contradicts or denies another or itself and is logically incongruous.
direct opposition between things compared; inconsistency.
a contradictory act, fact, etc.

Origin of contradiction

1350–1400; Middle English contradiccioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin contrādictiōn- (stem of contrādictiō). See contradict, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM contradiction

in·ter·con·tra·dic·tion, noun

Example sentences from the Web for contradiction

British Dictionary definitions for contradiction

/ (ˌkɒntrəˈdɪkʃən) /


the act of going against; opposition; denial
a declaration of the opposite or contrary
a statement that is at variance with itself (often in the phrase a contradiction in terms)
conflict or inconsistency, as between events, qualities, etc
a person or thing containing conflicting qualities
logic a statement that is false under all circumstances; necessary falsehood