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gain·say

 (gān-sā′, gān′sā′)
tr.v. gain·said (-sād′, -sĕd′), gain·say·ing, gain·says (-sāz′, -sĕz′)
1. To declare to be false; deny. See Synonyms at deny.
2. To oppose (someone), especially by contradiction: "She was going to fashion the end of her existence in her own way, and in this determination she would not be gainsaid" (Louis Auchincloss).

[Middle English gainsayen : gain-, against (from Old English gegn-) + sayen, to say (from Old English secgan; see say).]

gain·say′er n.

gainsay

(ɡeɪnˈseɪ)
vb, -says, -saying or -said
(tr) archaic or literary to deny (an allegation, a statement, etc); contradict
[C13 gainsaien, from gain- against + saien to say1]
gainˈsayer n

gain•say

(ˈgeɪnˌseɪ, geɪnˈseɪ)

v.t. -said, -say•ing.
1. to deny; dispute; contradict.
2. to speak or act against; oppose.
[1250–1300; Middle English gainsaien; see again, say]
gain′say`er, n.

gainsay


Past participle: gainsaid
Gerund: gainsaying

Imperative
gainsay
gainsay
Present
I gainsay
you gainsay
he/she/it gainsays
we gainsay
you gainsay
they gainsay
Preterite
I gainsaid
you gainsaid
he/she/it gainsaid
we gainsaid
you gainsaid
they gainsaid
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
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
Future
I will gainsay
you will gainsay
he/she/it will gainsay
we will gainsay
you will gainsay
they will gainsay
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 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
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
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
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
Conditional
I would gainsay
you would gainsay
he/she/it would gainsay
we would gainsay
you would gainsay
they would gainsay
Past Conditional
I would have gainsaid
you would have gainsaid
he/she/it would have gainsaid
we would have gainsaid
you would have gainsaid
they would have gainsaid
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.gainsay - take exception to; "She challenged his claims"
call - challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of; "call the speaker on a question of fact"
call - challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense; "He deserves to be called on that"
contest, repugn, contend - to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation; "They contested the outcome of the race"

gainsay

verb deny, dispute, disagree with, contradict, contravene, rebut, controvert There was no-one to gainsay this assertion.
back, support, confirm, agree with

gainsay

verb
To refuse to admit the truth, reality, value, or worth of:
Law: traverse.
Translations
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gainsay

[ˌgeɪnˈseɪ] (gainsaid (pt, pp)) VT (liter) → contradecir, negar
it cannot be gainsaides innegable

gainsay

[ˌgeɪnˈseɪ] vtnier

gainsay

vt pret, ptp <gainsaid> → widersprechen (+dat); fact(ab)leugnen, bestreiten; evidence, argumentwiderlegen; it/the facts cannot be gainsaides lässt/die Tatsachen lassen sich nicht leugnen; there is no gainsaying his honestyseine Ehrlichkeit lässt sich nicht leugnen

gainsay

[ˌgeɪnˈseɪ] (gainsaid (pt, pp)) [ˌgeɪnˈsɛd] vt (frm) (fact, argument) → contestare, negare; (person) → contraddire
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