WORD ORIGIN a prefix meaning “against,” “opposite,” “opposing”: contradistinction, contraindicate. Origin of contra- 1
Late Latin, Latin, prefixal use of adverb and preposition contrā 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- prefix against; contrary; opposing; contrasting contraceptive; contradistinction (in music) pitched below contrabass Word Origin for contra-
from Latin, from
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Word Origin and History for contra-
word-forming element meaning "against, in opposition," from Latin adverb and preposition
contra (see contra). The Latin word was used as a prefix in Late Latin. In French, it became contre- and passed into English as counter-. The Old English equivalent was wiðer (surviving in withers and widdershins), from wið "with, against."
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pref. Against; opposite; contrasting: contraindication.
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