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contrary - Dictionary definition and meaning for word contrary

Definition
(noun) a relation of direct opposition
Synonyms : opposite , reverse
Example Sentence
  • we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true

Definition
(noun) exact opposition
Example Sentence
  • public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty

Definition
(noun) a logical relation such that two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false
Definition
(adj) very opposed in nature or character or purpose
Example Sentence
  • acts contrary to our code of ethics
  • the facts point to a contrary conclusion

Definition
(adj) of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false
Example Sentence
  • `hot' and `cold' are contrary terms

Definition
(adj) resistant to guidance or discipline
Synonyms : obstinate , perverse , wayward
Example Sentence
  • Mary Mary quite contrary
  • an obstinate child with a violent temper
  • a perverse mood
  • wayward behavior

Definition
(adj) in an opposing direction
Synonyms : adverse
Example Sentence
  • adverse currents
  • a contrary wind

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