contrary [ kon-trer-ee; for 5 also k uhn- trair-ee ] SHOW IPA / ˈkɒn trɛr i; for 5 also kənˈtrɛər i / PHONETIC RESPELLING adjective opposite in nature or character; diametrically or mutually opposed: contrary to fact; contrary propositions. opposite in direction or position: departures in contrary directions. being the opposite one of two: I will make the contrary choice. unfavorable or adverse. perverse; stubbornly opposed or willful. SEE MORE SEE LESS noun, plural con·trar·ies. something that is contrary or opposite: to prove the contrary of a statement. either of two contrary things. Logic. a proposition so related to another proposition that both may not be true though both may be false, as with the propositions “All judges are male” and “No judges are male.” SEE MORE SEE LESS adverb in opposition; oppositely; counter: to act contrary to one's own principles. QUIZZES QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!
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Idioms for contrary by contraries, contrary to expectation. on the contrary, in opposition to what has been stated. from another point of view: On the contrary, there may be some who would agree with you. to the contrary, to the opposite effect: I believe he is innocent, whatever they may say to the contrary. to a different effect. Origin of contrary
1200–50; Middle English
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both describe something that opposes.
conveys an idea of something impersonal and objective whose opposition happens to be unfavorable:
contrary winds. Adverse
suggests something more personally unfriendly or even hostile; it emphasizes the idea of the resulting misfortune to that which is opposed:
The judge rendered a decision adverse to the defendant. OTHER WORDS FROM contrary con·trar·i·ly [ kon-trer- uh-lee, k uhn- trair-], /ˈkɒn trɛr ə li, kənˈtrɛər-/, adverb con·trar·i·ness, noun qua·si-con·trar·i·ly, adverb qua·si-con·trar·y, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for contrary
The title of the Donne poem is “Oh, to Vex Me, Contraries Meet as One.”
Shall the affections which consist in the forms and powers, and their contraries, the privations, be called qualities?
Consequently, objects which have something in common in the respect of colors could not be contraries.
At present attention may be called only to one remarkable trait, namely: the interpretation of dreams by contraries.
adjective opposed in nature, position, etc contrary ideas ( kənˈtrɛərɪ) perverse; obstinate (esp of wind) adverse; unfavourable (of plant parts) situated at right angles to each other logic (of a pair of propositions) related so that they cannot both be true at once, although they may both be false together Compare subcontrary (def. 2), contradictory (def. 3) SEE MORE SEE LESS noun plural -ries the exact opposite (esp in the phrase to the contrary) on the contrary quite the reverse; not at all either of two exactly opposite objects, facts, or qualities logic a statement that cannot be true when a given statement is true SEE MORE SEE LESS adverb ( usually foll by to) in an opposite or unexpected way contrary to usual belief in conflict (with) or contravention (of) contrary to nature Derived forms of contrary contrariness, noun Word Origin for contrary
C14: from Latin
contrārius opposite, from contrā against
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see on the contrary; to the contrary.
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