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contradict

verb [T]  /ˌkɑn·trəˈdɪkt/ us  
(of people) to state the opposite of what someone has said, or (of one fact or statement) to be so different from another fact or statement that one of them must be wrong: Her testimony contradicted the policeman’s testimony, and the jury had to decide who was telling the truth.
contradictory
adjective  /ˌkɑn·trəˈdɪk·tə·ri/ us  
We received contradictory accounts about the success of the military campaign.
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