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English adjective: contrary

1. contrary very opposed in nature or character or purpose


SamplesActs contrary to our code of ethics.
The facts point to a contrary conclusion.


Similardifferent


Antonymssame

2. contrary of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false


Samples`hot' and `cold' are contrary terms.


Similarantonymous


Antonymssynonymous

3. contrary resistant to guidance or discipline


SamplesMary Mary quite contrary.
An obstinate child with a violent temper.
A perverse mood.
Wayward behavior.


Synonymsobstinate, perverse, wayward


Similardisobedient


Antonymsobedient

4. contrary in an opposing direction


SamplesAdverse currents.
A contrary wind.


Synonymsadverse


Similarunfavorable, unfavourable


Antonymsfavorable, favourable


English noun: contrary

1. contrary a relation of direct opposition


SamplesWe thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true.


Synonymsopposite, reverse


Broader (hypernym)oppositeness, opposition

2. contrary exact opposition


SamplesPublic opinion to the contrary he is not guilty.


Broader (hypernym)oppositeness, opposition

3. contrary a logical relation such that two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false


Broader (hypernym)logical relation









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