What does contrary mean?

Definitions for contrary
ˈkɒn trɛr i; for 5 also kənˈtrɛər icon·tra·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reverse, contrary, oppositenoun

    a relation of direct opposition

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

  2. contrarynoun

    exact opposition

    "public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty"

  3. contraryadjective

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

  4. contraryadjective

    very opposed in nature or character or purpose

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

  5. contraryadjective

    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, waywardadjective

    resistant to guidance or discipline

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

  7. adverse, contraryadjective

    in an opposing direction

    "adverse currents"; "a contrary wind"


  1. contrarynoun

    The opposite.

  2. contrarynoun

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

  3. contraryverb

    To oppose; to frustrate.

  4. contraryverb

    To impugn.

  5. contraryverb

    To contradict (someone or something).

  6. contraryverb

    To do the opposite of (someone or something).

  7. contraryverb

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

  8. contraryverb

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

  9. contraryverb

    To be self-contradictory; to become reversed.

  10. contraryadverb


  11. contraryadjective

    opposed in nature

  12. contraryadjective

    strongly dissimilar

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contraryadjective

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

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

  2. Contraryadjective

    opposed; contradictory; repugnant; inconsistent

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

  3. Contraryadjective

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

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

  4. Contraryadjective

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

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

  5. Contrarynoun

    a thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities

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

  6. Contrarynoun

    an opponent; an enemy

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

  7. Contrarynoun

    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. Contrarynoun

    see Contraries

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


  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."

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  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. Steve Burns:

    Conventional wisdom says it just can't be done because it hasn't, the end result, contrary to conventional wisdom, is a pickup truck that handles like a sports car.

  2. Trey Gowdy:

    She said she went through and produced all public information -- and I am not in the habit of accusing people of being untruthful unless I have evidence to the contrary -- but she's essentially asking us to take her word for it.

  3. Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov:

    We do not aim to divide the European Union. On the contrary, we aim to help eastern Europe and the Balkans which are lagging behind to catch up.

  4. Hector Balderas:

    Put simply, the deliberate separation of children and their parents who seek lawful asylum in America is wrong. This practice is contrary to American values and must be stopped.

  5. Robert E. Lee:

    True patriotism sometimes requires of men to act exactly contrary, at one period, to that which it does at another, and the motive which impels themthe desire to do rightis precisely the same.

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    (of a flowering plant) having two cotyledons in the seed
    • A. lank
    • B. dicotyledonous
    • C. valetudinarian
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