Definitions for contraryˈkɒn trɛr i; for 5 also kənˈtrɛər i

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reverse, contrary, opposite(noun)

    a relation of direct opposition

    "we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"

  2. contrary(noun)

    exact opposition

    "public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty"

  3. contrary(adj)

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

  4. contrary(adj)

    very opposed in nature or character or purpose

    "acts contrary to our code of ethics"; "the facts point to a contrary conclusion"

  5. contrary(adj)

    of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false

    "`hot' and `cold' are contrary terms"

  6. contrary, obstinate, perverse, wayward(adj)

    resistant to guidance or discipline

    "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior"

  7. adverse, contrary(adj)

    in an opposing direction

    "adverse currents"; "a contrary wind"

Wiktionary

  1. contrary(Noun)

    The opposite.

  2. contrary(Noun)

    One of a pair of propositions that cannot both be simultaneously true.

  3. contrary(Verb)

    To oppose; to frustrate.

  4. contrary(Verb)

    To impugn.

  5. contrary(Verb)

    To contradict (someone or something).

  6. contrary(Verb)

    To do the opposite of (someone or something).

  7. contrary(Verb)

    To act inconsistently or perversely; to act in opposition to.

  8. contrary(Verb)

    To argue; to debate; to uphold an opposite opinion.

  9. contrary(Verb)

    To be self-contradictory; to become reversed.

  10. contrary(Adverb)

    Contrarily

  11. contrary(Adjective)

    opposed in nature

  12. contrary(Adjective)

    strongly dissimilar

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contrary(adj)

    opposite; in an opposite direction; in opposition; adverse; as, contrary winds

  2. Contrary(adj)

    opposed; contradictory; repugnant; inconsistent

  3. Contrary(adj)

    given to opposition; perverse; forward; wayward; as, a contrary disposition; a contrary child

  4. Contrary(adj)

    affirming the opposite; so opposed as to destroy each other; as, contrary propositions

  5. Contrary(noun)

    a thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities

  6. Contrary(noun)

    an opponent; an enemy

  7. Contrary(noun)

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

  8. Contrary(noun)

    see Contraries

  9. Origin: [F. contrarier. See Contrary, a.]

Freebase

  1. Contrary

    Contrary was a character from Malibu Comics' Ultraverse. She was created by Gerard Jones and Martin Egeland and first appeared in the series Freex, though she was better known as the founder of Ultraforce. Though it has never been truly confirmed, it is heavily implied in Freex that the nurse nicknamed "Wetware Mary" was the same woman who would eventually become Contrary. Both were humans who had access to the advanced technology of the Fire People, and both manipulated people in various ways for their own agendas.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Contrary

    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. 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. [L. contrariuscontra, against.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'contrary' in Nouns Frequency: #2504

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contrary in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contrary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. The President:

    Not only is that contrary to our values.

  2. Hermione Gingold:

    Contrary to popular belief, English women do not wear tweed nightgowns.

  3. William Minor:

    Muslims go contrary to my beliefs, it’s antithetical to the idea of freedom.

  4. Marguerite Duras:

    Acting doesn't bring anything to a text. On the contrary, it detracts from it.

  5. Confucius:

    When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.

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