What does the word gainsay mean?

Usage examples for gainsay

  1. This is what I fancy myself to be doing now, and if any one shall say that my little pictures are superficial, I shall not be able to gainsay him. – London Films by W.D. Howells
  2. It was Kate's way and no one might gainsay her. – Marcia Schuyler by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
  3. It was impossible to gainsay the fact that if there was a prospective engagement, Mrs. Lunn had shown her usual discretion. – The Life of Nancy by Sarah Orne Jewett