What does contrary mean?

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ˈkɒn trɛr i; for 5 also kənˈtrɛər icon·trary

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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

    Etymology: [F. contrarier. See Contrary, a.]

  2. Contrary(adj)

    opposed; contradictory; repugnant; inconsistent

    Etymology: [F. contrarier. See Contrary, a.]

  3. Contrary(adj)

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

    Etymology: [F. contrarier. See Contrary, a.]

  4. Contrary(adj)

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

    Etymology: [F. contrarier. See Contrary, a.]

  5. Contrary(noun)

    a thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities

    Etymology: [F. contrarier. See Contrary, a.]

  6. Contrary(noun)

    an opponent; an enemy

    Etymology: [F. contrarier. See Contrary, a.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. contrarier. See Contrary, a.]

  8. Contrary(noun)

    see Contraries

    Etymology: [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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. contrary

    The wind when opposed to a vessel's course. "Cruel was the stately ship that bore her love from Mary, And cruel was the fair wind that wouldn't blow contrary."

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

How to pronounce contrary?

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How to say contrary in sign language?

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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

Examples of contrary in a Sentence

  1. Chris Clark:

    Elliott Broidy has never agreed to work for, been retained by nor been compensated by any foreign government for any interaction with the United States Government, ever, any implication to the contrary is a lie.

  2. Frank Mulholland:

    The use of torture cannot be condoned, it is against international law and contrary to the common law of Scotland.

  3. United Nations:

    I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from our human rights commitments. On the contrary. We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights, we did not make this decision lightly. When this administration began 17 months ago, we were well aware of the enormous flaws in the Human Rights Council. We could have withdrawn immediately. We did not do that. Instead, we made a good faith effort to resolve the problems.

  4. Joseph Bondy:

    Over the past several months, it has been revealed that Spain Parnas is a prolific collector of photos and videos, contrary to what one might expect, Spain Parnas has not destroyed any. Rather, he has preserved them. The universe of subject matter is yet to be publicly revealed but is of interest in matters well beyond the impeachment inquiry.

  5. John Locke:

    [W]henever the Legislators endeavor to take away, and destroy the Property of the People, or to reduce them to Slavery under Arbitrary Power, they put themselves into a state of War with the People, who are thereupon absolved from any farther Obedience, and are left to the common Refuge, which God hath provided for all Men, against Force and Violence. Whensoever therefore the Legislative shall transgress this fundamental Rule of Society; and either by Ambition, Fear, Folly or Corruption, endeavor to grasp themselves, or put into the hands of any other an Absolute Power over the Lives, Liberties, and Estates of the People; By this breach of Trust they forfeit the Power, the People had put into their hands, for quite contrary ends, and it devolves to the people, who have a Right to resume their original Liberty.

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