contradicts, contradicting, contradicted
1) VERB If you contradict someone, you say that what they have just said is wrong, or suggest that it is wrong by saying something different.

[V n] She dared not contradict him...

[V n] His comments appeared to contradict remarks made earlier in the day by the chairman...

[V pron-refl] He often talks in circles, frequently contradicting himself and often ends up saying nothing.

2) VERB If one statement or piece of evidence contradicts another, the first one makes the second one appear to be wrong.

[V n] Her version contradicted the Government's claim that they were shot after being challenged...

[V n] The result seems to contradict a major U.S. study reported last November.

3) VERB If one policy or situation contradicts another, there is a conflict between them, and they cannot both exist or be successful.

[V n] Mr Grant feels that the cut-backs contradict the Government's commitment to better educational standards.

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