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[kon-truh-puh-zish-uh n]
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  1. placement opposite or against.
  2. opposition, contrast, or antithesis.
  3. Logic. the inference drawn from a proposition by negating its terms and changing their order, as by inferring “Not B implies not A” from “A implies B.”
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Origin of contraposition

First recorded in 1545–55, contraposition is from the Late Latin word contrāposition- (stem of contrāpositiō). See contra1, position
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Historical Examples

  • It is for dealing with these intractable moods that Contraposition is required.

    Logic, Inductive and Deductive

    William Minto

  • We have given examples and illustrations in the paragraph describing Conversion by Contraposition.


    William Walker Atkinson

  • A further process, known as Contraposition or Conversion by Negation, consists of conversion following on obversion.

  • They are all remarkable for harmonies attained by certain combinations of shade in gradations with colours in contraposition.

  • In this it differs from Obversion, Conversion, and Contraposition, each of which stands for one process.


    Carveth Read

British Dictionary definitions for contraposition


  1. the act of placing opposite or against, esp in contrast or antithesis
  2. logic the derivation of the contrapositive of a given categorial proposition
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Word Origin and History for contraposition


1550s, from Late Latin contrapositionem (nominative contrapositio), noun of action from past participle stem of contraponere, from contra "against" (see contra) + ponere "to put, place" (see position (n.)).

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