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  1. of or relating to contraposition.
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  1. a contrapositive statement of a proposition.
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Origin of contrapositive

First recorded in 1855–60; contraposit(ion) + -ive
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  • Every positive in thought has a contrapositive, and the positive and contrapositive are of the same kind.

    Logic, Inductive and Deductive

    William Minto

  • For a Disjunctive in I., of course, there is no Contrapositive.


    Carveth Read

  • In the case of the I proposition the contrapositive is impossible, as infringing the main rule of conversion.

  • There is an apparent exception to this when the real Middle in an argument is a contrapositive term, not-M.

British Dictionary definitions for contrapositive


  1. placed opposite or against
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  1. 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


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

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