contrary definition

  • adjective:
    • Opposed, such as personality or function: contrary opinions; acts that are as opposed to our rule of ethics.
    • Opposite in direction or place: Our watercraft took a program despite theirs. See Synonyms at contrary.
    • Music transferring the alternative direction at a fixed interval: playing machines in contrary movement.
    • Adverse; unfavorable: a contrary wind.
    • directed at recalcitrant behavior; willful or perverse.
    • opposed in general
    • highly dissimilar
    • Opposite; in an opposite direction; in opposition; adverse.
    • Opposed; contradictory; repugnant; inconsistent.
    • provided to opposition; perverse; ahead; wayward.
    • Affirming the contrary; so opposed as to destroy both.
    • extremely opposed in general or personality or purpose
    • resistant to assistance or discipline
    • in an opposing path
    • of terms or propositions so related that both can not be true but both might be false
  • noun:
    • a thing that is opposite or contrary.
    • Either of two opposing or contrary things: "the fact is perhaps . . . a dynamic mixture of opposites, savage contraries for a second conjoined” ( A. Bartlett Giamatti).
    • Logic A proposition related to another in such a way that when the latter holds true, the previous needs to be false, if the latter is untrue, the previous just isn't always true.
    • the contrary.
    • certainly one of a set of propositions that cannot both be simultaneously true.
    • something is of contrary or other attributes.
    • An opponent; an enemy.
    • the contrary; a proposition, reality, or problem incompatible with another. See Converse, n., 1.
    • view Contraries.
    • certainly one of a set of items put at opposite things or present in opposing instructions; an opposite.
    • certainly one of a set of characters, propositions, statements, or terms, probably the most different possible within the same general sphere or class. See I., 3.
    • A contradiction; a denial.
    • An adversary.
    • a logical relation such that two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false
    • precise resistance
    • a relation of direct resistance
  • adverb:
    • In an opposite way or way; countertop: The judge ruled as opposed to all precedent in the case.
    • Contrarily
  • idiom:
    • by contraries Obsolete towards what's anticipated.
    • to the contrary versus just what is claimed or something anticipated: I'm not ill; to the contrary, i am into the top of wellness.
    • into contrary toward reverse result from what is claimed or something anticipated: Despite what you tell the contary, this contract is fair.
  • verb:
    • To oppose; to irritate.
    • To impugn.
    • To contradict (somebody or something).
    • to accomplish the contrary of (someone or something like that).
    • to behave inconsistently or perversely; to do something in opposition to.
    • To argue; to debate; to uphold an opposite opinion.
    • is self-contradictory; to be corrected.
  • verb-transitive:
    • To contradict or oppose; to thwart.
  • others:
    • contrary; compared; at the contrary point or perhaps in an opposite direction.
    • In botany, at right angles to: because, a silique compressed contrary to the dissepiment (which, in a direction at right angles to it, in difference from a parallel direction).
    • severely unlike; the essential unlike of any such thing within the exact same class: thus, hot and cold, up-and-down, sage and trick, paradise and hell, are contrary terms.
    • Adverse; hostile; opposing; antagonistic; opposite; conflicting.
    • Given to contradiction; acting in resistance; captious; perverse; intractable; unaccommodating.
    • Wilful, Untoward, etc. See wayward.
    • In a contrary way; with a contrary result.
    • In heraldry, oppositely; contrariwise: said of two bearings each of that will be in some sense the opposite associated with the other.
    • To oppose; contradict.

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