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Definitions of contrary

  1. two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. exact opposition; "public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. An opponent; an enemy. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  4. 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.
  5. Contrariness, contrariety. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. CONTRARINESS. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. That which is contrary. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. One of two contrary things; the opposite. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. A thing of opposite qualities; a proposition contrary to another. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. A thing of opposite qualities. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. resistant to guidance or discipline; "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Opposite; in an opposite direction; in opposition; adverse; as, contrary winds. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. Opposed; contradictory; repugnant; inconsistent. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. Given to opposition; perverse; forward; wayward; as, a contrary disposition; a contrary child. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. Affirming the opposite; so opposed as to destroy each other; as, contrary propositions. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. A thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities. Newage Dictionary DB
  19. 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
  20. See Contraries. Newage Dictionary DB
  21. Opposed; contradictory; opposite in direction; perverse; wayward. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. Opposite: inconsistent: contradictory. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. Opposite; inconsistent. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  24. Opposite; opposing; captious; perverse. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. Opposite; adverse; contradictory; repugnant or inconsistent. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  26. Adverse; opposite; contradictory; repugnant; in an opposite direction. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for contrary

  1. On the contrary if I ran, it was evidently because I wished to get away. – The Case of Richard Meynell by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  2. On the contrary you may help me to hope. – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins
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