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Definitions of contrary

  1. in an opposing direction; "adverse currents"; "a contrary wind" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. exact opposition; "public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a relation of direct opposition; "we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. resistant to guidance or discipline; "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. very opposed in nature or character or purpose; "acts contrary to our code of ethics"; "the facts point to a contrary conclusion" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false; "`hot' and `cold' are contrary terms" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. Contrarily. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. Opposite; in an opposite direction; in opposition; adverse; as, contrary winds. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. Opposed; contradictory; repugnant; inconsistent. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. Given to opposition; perverse; forward; wayward; as, a contrary disposition; a contrary child. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. Affirming the opposite; so opposed as to destroy each other; as, contrary propositions. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. A thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. An opponent; an enemy. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. the opposite; a proposition, fact, or condition incompatible with another; as, slender proofs which rather show the contrary. See Converse, n., 1. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. See Contraries. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. Opposed; contradictory; opposite in direction; perverse; wayward. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. A thing of qualities opposite to those of some other thing; the opposite of some assertion. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. Contrariness, contrariety. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. Opposite: inconsistent: contradictory. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. A thing that is contrary or of opposite qualities. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. CONTRARINESS. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. Opposite; inconsistent. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  24. That which is contrary. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  25. Opposite; opposing; captious; perverse. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. One of two contrary things; the opposite. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. Opposite; adverse; contradictory; repugnant or inconsistent. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  28. A thing of opposite qualities; a proposition contrary to another. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. Adverse; opposite; contradictory; repugnant; in an opposite direction. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  30. A thing of opposite qualities. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  31. kon'tra-ri, adj. opposite: contradictory--CONTRA'RIANT (rare).--n. a thing that is contrary or of opposite qualities.--n.pl. CON'TRARIES, things opposite in quality: (logic) propositions which destroy each other.--n. CONTRAR[=I]'ETY, opposition: inconsistency.--adv. CON'TRARILY.--n. CON'TRARINESS.--adj. CONTR[=A]'RIOUS, showing contrariety: repugnant: opposite.--advs. CONTR[=A]'RIOUSLY, contrarily; CON'TRARIWISE, on the contrary way or side: on the other hand. [L. contrarius--contra, against.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  32. Opposed in nature or tendency (to); the opposite (of two things); (pop., pron. kontrari) perverse, self-willed, whence contrariness n.; opposite in position or direction; (n.) the opposite; on the c. (corroborating a denial expressed or understood, as Have you nearly done?-On the c., I have only just begun); interpret by cc., understand Yes for No &c.; (adv.) in opposition to, as act c. to nature. Hence contrarily adv. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  33. to the c., to the opposite effect, contradicting what has been said, assumed, &c. (no evidence to the c.; his statements to the c. notwithstanding). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  34. n. A thing of contrary or opposite qualities; —a proposition contrary to another. Cabinet Dictionary
  35. Opposite, contradictory; inconsistent, disagreeing ; adverse, in an opposite direction. Complete Dictionary
  36. A thing of opposite qualities ; a proposition contrary to some other; in opposition, on the other side; to a contrary purpose. Complete Dictionary

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