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Contrary meaning

contrary - 11 dictionary results

  1. 1. of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false; "` hot' and ` cold' are contrary terms"
  2. 2. Opposite; in an opposite direction; in opposition; adverse; as, contrary winds.
  3. 3. Opposed; contradictory; repugnant; inconsistent.
  4. 4. Given to opposition; perverse; forward; wayward; as, a contrary disposition; a contrary child.
  5. 5. Affirming the opposite; so opposed as to destroy each other; as, contrary propositions.
  6. 6. A thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities.
  7. 7. An opponent; an enemy.
  8. 8. the opposite; a proposition, fact, or condition incompatible with another; as, slender proofs which rather show the contrary. See Converse, n., 1.
  9. 9. See Contraries.
  10. 10. Opposite; inconsistent.
  11. 11. That which is contrary.

contrary - examples of usage

  1. M'Donald, contrary to Gen. - "A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion", William Dobein James.
  2. " On the contrary, I'm perfectly serious. - "A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories", William D. Howells.
  3. On the contrary, all these four months you have been getting steadily worse. - "To-morrow?", Victoria Cross.
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