['kɒntrərɪ] or ['kɑntrɛri]


(noun.) a logical relation such that two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false.

(noun.) exact opposition; 'public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty'.

(adj.) resistant to guidance or discipline; 'Mary Mary quite contrary'; 'an obstinate child with a violent temper'; 'a perverse mood'; 'wayward behavior' .

(adj.) very opposed in nature or character or purpose; 'acts contrary to our code of ethics'; 'the facts point to a contrary conclusion' .

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

Checked by Delores--From WordNet


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

(a.) Opposed; contradictory; repugnant; inconsistent.

(a.) Given to opposition; perverse; forward; wayward; as, a contrary disposition; a contrary child.

(a.) Affirming the opposite; so opposed as to destroy each other; as, contrary propositions.

(n.) A thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities.

(n.) An opponent; an enemy.

(n.) the opposite; a proposition, fact, or condition incompatible with another; as, slender proofs which rather show the contrary. See Converse, n., 1.

(n.) See Contraries.

Editor: Upton

Synonyms and Synonymous

a. [1]. Opposite, opposing, adverse, opposed, counter.[2]. Antagonistic, conflicting, contradictory, counteracting, retroactive, repugnant.[3]. Perverse, humorsome, wayward, obstinate, stubborn, headstrong, refractory, unruly.

Editor: Wilma

Synonyms and Antonyms

SYN:Opposed, opposite, repugnant, antagonistic, adverse, incompatible,inconsistent

ANT:Agreeing, consentaneous, compatible, kindred, coincident, consistent

Inputed by Jeanine


adj. opposite: contradictory—Contra′riant (rare).—n. a thing that is contrary or of opposite qualities.— Con′traries things opposite in quality: (logic) propositions which destroy each other.—n. Contrarī′ety opposition: inconsistency.—adv. Con′trarily.—n. Con′trariness.—adj. Contrā′rious showing contrariety: repugnant: opposite.—advs. Contrā′riously contrarily; Con′trariwise on the contrary way or side: on the other hand.

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