[ kon-truh-puh-zish-uh n ]
/ ˌkɒn trə pəˈzɪʃ ən /


placement opposite or against.
opposition, contrast, or antithesis.
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.”

Origin of contraposition

First recorded in 1545–55, contraposition is from the Late Latin word contrāposition- (stem of contrāpositiō). See contra1, position Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for contraposition


/ (ˌkɒntrəpəˈzɪʃən) /


the act of placing opposite or against, esp in contrast or antithesis
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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper