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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.



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.



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



4. contrary in an opposing direction

SamplesAdverse currents.
A contrary wind.


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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