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contradictverb [I or T]

uk   /ˌkɒn.trəˈdɪkt/  us   /ˌkɑːn-/
C1 (of ​people) to say the ​opposite of what someone ​else has said, or (of one ​fact or ​statement) to be so different from another ​fact or ​statement that one of them must be ​wrong: If you're both going to ​lie, at least ​stick to the same ​story and don't contradict each other! He ​kept contradicting himself when we were ​arguing - I ​think he was a ​bitconfused. How ​dare you contradict (me)! Recent ​evidence has contradicted ​establishedtheories on this ​subject.
(Definition of contradict from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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contradictverb [T]

 us   /ˌkɑn·trəˈdɪkt/
(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  us   /ˌkɑn·trəˈdɪk·tə·ri/
We ​received contradictory ​accounts about the ​success of the ​militarycampaign.
(Definition of contradict from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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