6. A marriage contract. [Obs.] Shak.
(Con*tract"ive) a. Tending to contract; having the property or power or power of contracting.
(Con*tract"or) n. [L.] One who contracts; one of the parties to a bargain; one who covenants
to do anything for another; specifically, one who contracts to perform work on a rather large scale, at a
certain price or rate, as in building houses or making a railroad.
(Con*trac"ture) n. [L. contractura a drawing together.] (Med.) A state of permanent rigidity
or contraction of the muscles, generally of the flexor muscles.
(Con"tra*dance`) n. [Pref. contra- + dance: cf. F. contrdance. Cf. Country-dance.] A
dance in which the partners are arranged face to face, or in opposite lines.
(Con`tra*dict") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Contradicted; p. pr. & vb. n. Contradicting.] [L. contradictus,
p. p. of contradicere to speak against; contra + dicere to speak. See Diction.]
1. To assert the contrary of; to oppose in words; to take issue with; to gainsay; to deny the truth of, as of a
statement or a speaker; to impugn.
Dear Duff, I prithee, contradict thyself,
And say it is not so.
The future can not contradict the past.
2. To be contrary to; to oppose; to resist. [Obs.]
No truth can contradict another truth.
A greater power than we can contradict
Hath thwarted our intents.
(Con`tra*dict), v. i. To oppose in words; to gainsay; to deny, or assert the contrary of, something.
They . . . spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.
(Con`tra*dict"a*ble) a. Capable of being contradicted.
(Con`tra*dict"er) n. one who contradicts. Swift.
(Con`tra*dic"tion) n. [L. contradictio answer, objection: cf. F. contradiction.]
1. An assertion of the contrary to what has been said or affirmed; denial of the truth of a statement or
assertion; contrary declaration; gainsaying.
His fair demands
Shall be accomplished without contradiction.
2. Direct opposition or repugnancy; inconsistency; incongruity or contrariety; one who, or that which, is
can he make deathless death? That were to make
We state our experience and then we come to a manly resolution of acting in contradiction to it.
Both parts of a contradiction can not possibly be true.
Of contradictions infinite the slave.