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Meaning of "gainsay" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD GAINSAY

Gainsaien, from gain-against + saien to say1.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF GAINSAY

gainsay  [ɡeɪnˈseɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF GAINSAY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Gainsay is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb gainsay in English.

WHAT DOES GAINSAY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Contradiction

In classical logic, a contradiction consists of a logical incompatibility between two or more propositions. It occurs when the propositions, taken together, yield two conclusions which form the logical, usually opposite inversions of each other. Illustrating a general tendency in applied logic, Aristotle's law of noncontradiction states that "One cannot say of something that it is and that it is not in the same respect and at the same time." By extension, outside of classical logic, one can speak of contradictions between actions when one presumes that their motives contradict each other.

Definition of gainsay in the English dictionary

The definition of gainsay in the dictionary is (transitive) (archaic (or literary) to deny (an allegation, a statement, etc); contradict.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO GAINSAY

PRESENT

Present
I gainsay
you gainsay
he/she/it gainsays
we gainsay
you gainsay
they gainsay
Present continuous
I am gainsaying
you are gainsaying
he/she/it is gainsaying
we are gainsaying
you are gainsaying
they are gainsaying
Present perfect
I have gainsaid
you have gainsaid
he/she/it has gainsaid
we have gainsaid
you have gainsaid
they have gainsaid
Present perfect continuous
I have been gainsaying
you have been gainsaying
he/she/it has been gainsaying
we have been gainsaying
you have been gainsaying
they have been gainsaying
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I gainsaid
you gainsaid
he/she/it gainsaid
we gainsaid
you gainsaid
they gainsaid
Past continuous
I was gainsaying
you were gainsaying
he/she/it was gainsaying
we were gainsaying
you were gainsaying
they were gainsaying
Past perfect
I had gainsaid
you had gainsaid
he/she/it had gainsaid
we had gainsaid
you had gainsaid
they had gainsaid
Past perfect continuous
I had been gainsaying
you had been gainsaying
he/she/it had been gainsaying
we had been gainsaying
you had been gainsaying
they had been gainsaying
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will gainsay
you will gainsay
he/she/it will gainsay
we will gainsay
you will gainsay
they will gainsay
Future continuous
I will be gainsaying
you will be gainsaying
he/she/it will be gainsaying
we will be gainsaying
you will be gainsaying
they will be gainsaying
Future perfect
I will have gainsaid
you will have gainsaid
he/she/it will have gainsaid
we will have gainsaid
you will have gainsaid
they will have gainsaid
Future perfect continuous
I will have been gainsaying
you will have been gainsaying
he/she/it will have been gainsaying
we will have been gainsaying
you will have been gainsaying
they will have been gainsaying
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would gainsay
you would gainsay
he/she/it would gainsay
we would gainsay
you would gainsay
they would gainsay
Conditional continuous
I would be gainsaying
you would be gainsaying
he/she/it would be gainsaying
we would be gainsaying
you would be gainsaying
they would be gainsaying
Conditional perfect
I would have gainsay
you would have gainsay
he/she/it would have gainsay
we would have gainsay
you would have gainsay
they would have gainsay
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been gainsaying
you would have been gainsaying
he/she/it would have been gainsaying
we would have been gainsaying
you would have been gainsaying
they would have been gainsaying
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you gainsay
we let´s gainsay
you gainsay
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to gainsay
Past participle
gainsaid
Present Participle
gainsaying
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH GAINSAY


assay
əˈseɪ
bioassay
ˌbaɪəʊəˈseɪ
daresay
ˌdɛəˈseɪ
foresay
fɔːˈseɪ
forsay
fɔːˈseɪ
issei
iːˈseɪ
misassay
ˌmɪsəˈseɪ
missay
ˌmɪsˈseɪ
outsay
ˌaʊtˈseɪ
passee
pæˈseɪ
resay
riːˈseɪ
undersay
ˌʌndəˈseɪ
unsay
ʌnˈseɪ
Yenisei
ˌjɛnɪˈseɪ
Yenisey
ˌjenɪˈseɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE GAINSAY

gain
gain ground
gain time
gainable
gainer
gainful
gainful employment
gainfully
gainfulness
gaingiving
gainings
gainless
gainlessness
gainliness
gainly
gains
gainsaid
gainsayer
Gainsborough
gainstrive

WORDS THAT END LIKE GAINSAY

Colonsay
enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay
essay
hearsay
I dare say
I daresay
immunoassay
James Andrew Broun Ramsay
Lindsay
Lyndsay
naysay
not to say
Pasay
Quai d´Orsay
radioimmunoassay
Ramsay
Rothesay
soothsay
strange to say
that is to say

Synonyms and antonyms of gainsay in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «GAINSAY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «gainsay» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of gainsay

Translation of «gainsay» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF GAINSAY

Find out the translation of gainsay to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of gainsay from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «gainsay» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

反驳
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

gainsay
570 millions of speakers

English

gainsay
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

विरोध करना
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

نكر
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

отрицать
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

contradizer
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

প্রতিবাদ করা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

contredire
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Gainsay
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

widersprechen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

否定する
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

반박
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Gainsay
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

ngược lại
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மறுக்கின்றீர்கள்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

खोटे बोलणे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

inkâr etmek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

contraddire
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

zaprzeczyć
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

заперечувати
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

contrazice
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

διαψεύσει
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

teëspreek
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

motsäga
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

motsi
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of gainsay

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «GAINSAY»

The term «gainsay» is regularly used and occupies the 69.091 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «GAINSAY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «gainsay» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «gainsay» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about gainsay

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «GAINSAY»

Discover the use of gainsay in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to gainsay and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms
Gainsay is somewhat formal or literary; it implies opposition, usually by way of disputing the truth of what another has ... a fine woman— that nobody can gainsay— Meredith) <his mother, whom he could not gainsay, was unconsciously but ...
Merriam-Webster, Inc, 1984
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We see Dr. Gainsay enter into the room and Jason approaches Dr. Gainsay as he rummages through his briefcase retrieving all of his documents, dialogue on Jason) Jason: Dr. Gainsay: Jason: excuse me, Dr. Gainsay. (turns and looks at ...
Mark Lennon, 2012
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A Dictionary of the Otchipwe Language, Explained in English: ...
Gained; it is gained, (in., an.) да- shk tchigads; gashkitchigaso. Gained object, gashkitchigan. Gaining, gushkitcMgewm. Gain over. S. Prevail. Gainsay; I gainsay, nindajidewidam. nind ajidewe, niná ajidenge, nin gagámitam, nin nakwetage, ...
Frederic Baraga, 1853
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Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769-1800
Margaret Crow who stands presented by the Grand Jury being solemnly called but not appearing to gainsay the presentment Judgment is granted for twenty shillings and costs. Christopher Ackland who stands presented by the Grand Jury for ...
Lewis Preston Summers, 1992
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The Bible Word-Book: A Glossary of Archaic Words and Phrases ...
Gainsay, v. t. (Luke xxi. 15). To speak against, to contradict, resist. ' Will anybody gainsay true doctrine, and sound doctrine ? Well, let a preacher be sure that his doctrine be true, and it is not to be thought that any body will gainsay it.' If St Paul  ...
William Aldis Wright, 2010
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Dictionnary of the English Language with Numerous ...
To GAINSAY, v. a. ['gainst and say.] 1. To contradict; to oppose; to controvert with ; to dispute against. Speeches which gainsay one another, must of necessity be applied both unto one and the same subject. Hooker. To facile then ; thou didst ...
Samuel Johnson, 1827
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A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage
Originally gainsay was the popular word, and contradict the learned one; today just the opposite is true. Gainsay may now appropriately be labeled a formal word. E.g., "Judge Cire was in the unique position of being able to judge the credibility ...
Bryan A. Garner, 2001
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How to Prepare for the New SAT
gainsay v. deny, Even though it reflected badly upon him, he was too honest to gainsay the truth of the report gait N. manner of walking or running; speed. The lame man walked with an uneven gait. galaxy N. large, isolated system of stars, ...
Sharon Weiner Green, Ira K. Wolf, 2004
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GRE:
She was too honest to gainsay the truth of the report. gait n. manner of walking or running; speed. The lame man walked with an uneven gait. galaxy n. large, isolated system of stars, such as the Milky Way; a collection of brilliant personalities.
Sharon Green, Ira K. Wolf, 2009
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Barron's how to Prepare for the GRE, Graduate Record Examination
Word. List. 21. gainsay-gossamer. • gainsay v. deny. She was too honest to gainsay the truth of the report. gait N. manner of walking or running; speed. The lame man walked with an uneven gait. galaxy N. large, isolated system of ...
Sharon Green, Ira K. Wolf, 2005

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «GAINSAY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term gainsay is used in the context of the following news items.
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Homeless in Vancouver: We'll need a drought before we start water …
Who is going to gainsay a business that chooses to hose down their front sidewalk three times a day for the “health and safety” of their ... «Straight.com, Jul 15»
2
Re A and B (Children) (Surrogacy: Parental Orders: Time Limits …
... "responsible people who care deeply about complying fully with the law in all respects." There is no evidence before me with which to gainsay this submission. «Family Law Week, Jul 15»
3
One Champ Per Weight Part 7: Homme Noir
What's more, in the confusion, it was hard to gainsay SSGT Walpole's assertion that he was defending his men and that the other side had shot ... «The Boxing Tribune, Jul 15»
4
Sierra Leone News: Africa Notebook
Flight figures to other nearby countries as Uganda, Kenya and Uganda are being computed as it is no gainsay that they will be huge. «Awoko, Jul 15»
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Man allegedly punched by policeman does not want officer to lose …
"There are no eyewitnesses to gainsay his (Mr Bowen's) account of the events. "The proper application of the burden of proof would result in the only decision ... «South Wales Argus, Jul 15»
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The impact of the Ebola crisis on Sierra Leone's health system
It is no gainsay that this has adversely impacted the health sector. From the above, it is apparent that the health sector is being haunted by the ... «Graphic Online, Jul 15»
7
Chinese Stock Investors Seek a Savior, or a Scapegoat
The flip side of the implication that those who invest love China is that those who sell or gainsay the market do not. About the same time that Bai ... «Foreign Policy, Jul 15»
8
The Weakness of Laudato Si
The old scholastic systems were superseded by a wide variety of experimental theologies. I don't gainsay the need for and value of some of ... «First Things, Jun 15»
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Tessa Jowell: We must be as strong over deaths in Sousse as we …
... nor anything to gainsay more emphatically the deadly message of the bombs. We know that there is nothing that any terrorist can do that will ... «Evening Standard, Jun 15»
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Lancashire councillors have every right to refuse fracking application
"In the absence of clear evidence to gainsay the views of the various consultees (noted above) and the Case Officer, there is a high risk that a ... «The Ecologist, Jun 15»

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