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Meaning of CONTRARY

Pronunciation:  'kântreree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false
  2. [n]  exact opposition; "public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty"
  3. [n]  a relation of direct opposition; "we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"
  4. [adj]  in an opposing direction; "adverse currents"; "a contrary wind"
  5. [adj]  resistant to guidance or discipline; "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior"
  6. [adj]  very opposed in nature or character or purpose; "acts contrary to our code of ethics"; "the facts point to a contrary conclusion"
  7. [adj]  of words so related that both cannot be true but both may be false; "`hot' and `cold' are contrary terms"

CONTRARY is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: adverse, antonymous, different, disobedient, obstinate, opposite, perverse, reverse, unfavorable, unfavourable, wayward
 See Also: logical relation, oppositeness, opposition



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Con"tra*ry\ (? or ?; 48), a. [OE. contrarie,
    contraire, F. contraire, fr. L. contrarius, fr. contra. See
    1. Opposite; in an opposite direction; in opposition;
       adverse; as, contrary winds.
             And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not
             hearken unto me.                      --Lev. xxvi.
             We have lost our labor; they are gone a contrary
             way.                                  --Shak.
    2. Opposed; contradictory; repugnant; inconsistent.
             Fame, if not double-faced, is double mouthed, And
             with contrary blast proclaims most deeds. --Milton.
             The doctrine of the earth's motion appeared to be
             contrary to the sacred Scripture.     --Whewell.
    3. Given to opposition; perverse; forward; wayward; as, a
       contrary disposition; a contrary child.
    4. (Logic) Affirming the opposite; so opposed as to destroy
       each other; as, contrary propositions.
    {Contrary motion} (Mus.), the progression of parts in
       opposite directions, one ascending, the other descending.
    Syn: Adverse; repugnant; hostile; inimical; discordant;
  2. \Con"tra*ry\, n.; pl. {Contraries}.
    1. A thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities.
             No contraries hold more antipathy Than I and such a
             knave.                                --Shak.
    2. An opponent; an enemy. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    3. the opposite; a proposition, fact, or condition
       incompatible with another; as, slender proofs which rather
       show the contrary. See {Converse}, n., 1. --Locke.
    4. (Logic) See {Contraries}.
    {On the contrary}, in opposition; on the other hand. --Swift.
    {To the contrary}, to an opposite purpose or intent; on the
       other side. ``They did it, not for want of instruction to
       the contrary.'' --Bp. Stillingfleet.
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