Definition of Contrary

1. Noun. A relation of direct opposition. "We thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"

Exact synonyms: Opposite, Reverse
Generic synonyms: Oppositeness, Opposition
Derivative terms: Reverse, Reverse, Reverse

2. Adjective. Very opposed in nature or character or purpose. "The facts point to a contrary conclusion"
Similar to: Different

3. Noun. Exact opposition. "Public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty"
Generic synonyms: Oppositeness, Opposition

4. Adjective. Of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false. "`hot' and `cold' are contrary terms"
Similar to: Antonymous

5. Noun. A logical relation such that two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false.
Generic synonyms: Logical Relation

6. Adjective. Resistant to guidance or discipline. "Wayward behavior"
Exact synonyms: Obstinate, Perverse, Wayward
Similar to: Disobedient
Derivative terms: Contrariness, Perverseness, Perversity

7. Adjective. In an opposing direction. "A contrary wind"
Exact synonyms: Adverse
Similar to: Unfavorable, Unfavourable

Definition of Contrary

1. a. Opposite; in an opposite direction; in opposition; adverse; as, contrary winds.

2. n. A thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities.

3. v. t. To contradict or oppose; to thwart.

Definition of Contrary

1. Adjective. opposed in nature ¹

2. Adjective. strongly dissimilar ¹

3. Adverb. Contrarily ¹

4. Noun. The opposite. ¹

5. Noun. One of a pair of propositions that cannot both be simultaneously true. ¹

6. Verb. (obsolete) To oppose; to frustrate. ¹

7. Verb. (obsolete) To impugn. ¹

8. Verb. (obsolete) To contradict (someone or something). ¹

9. Verb. (obsolete) To do the opposite of (''someone'' or ''something''). ¹

10. Verb. (obsolete) To act inconsistently or perversely; to act in opposition ''to''. ¹

11. Verb. (obsolete) To argue; to debate; to uphold an opposite opinion. ¹

12. Verb. (obsolete) To be self-contradictory; to become reversed. ¹

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Definition of Contrary

1. an opposite [n -TRARIES] - See also: opposite

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Contrary

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Literary usage of Contrary

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1. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle, Robert Williams (1869)
"... either for virtue and happiness, or for the contrary. For all men choose what gives them pleasure, and avoid what gives them pain. ..."

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