a prefix meaning “against,” “opposite,” “opposing”: contradistinction, contraindicate.
Origin of contra-1
< Late Latin, Latin, prefixal use of adverb and preposition contrā
Definition for contra- (2 of 2)
a prefix meaning “pitched lower than” the voice or instrument specified by the following element: contralto, contrabassoon.
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British Dictionary definitions for contra-
against; contrary; opposing; contrastingcontraceptive; contradistinction
(in music) pitched belowcontrabass
Word Origin for contra-
from Latin, from contrā against
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Medicine definitions for contra-
Against; opposite; contrasting:contraindication.
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