contrapositive

[ kon-truh-poz-i-tiv ]
/ ˌkɒn trəˈpɒz ɪ tɪv /
Logic.

adjective

of or relating to contraposition.

noun

a contrapositive statement of a proposition.

Nearby words

  1. contraoctave,
  2. contraorbital,
  3. contraplete,
  4. contrapose,
  5. contraposition,
  6. contrapposto,
  7. contraption,
  8. contrapuntal,
  9. contrapuntist,
  10. contrarian

Origin of contrapositive

First recorded in 1855–60; contraposit(ion) + -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for contrapositive

contrapositive

/ (ˌkɒntrəˈpɒzɪtɪv) /

adjective

placed opposite or against

noun

logic
  1. a conditional statement derived from another by negating and interchanging antecedent and consequent
  2. a categorial proposition obtained from another, esp validly, by any of a number of operations including negation, transferring the terms, changing their quality, and also possibly weakening from universal to particular
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Word Origin and History for contrapositive

contrapositive

adj.

1858 (implied in contrapositively), from Latin contraposit-, past participle stem of contraponere (see contraposition) + -ive.

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