- 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.
- 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.”
- in opposition; oppositely; counter: to act contrary to one's own principles.
- 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
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Antonyms for contrary
Related Words for contrarilyadversely, critically, separately, individually, variously, negatively, differently, opposite, contrarily, diversely, about-face, again, contrary, reversed, backwards, contra, contrariwise, conversely, inversely, oppositely
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Historical Examples of contrarily
Contrarily, it was the ideal, the only, wine for seductions.Cytherea
It did seem hard that things should go so very "contrarily" sometimes.Little Miss Peggy
Is there anything you dislike in me that you act so contrarily to my wishes?Return of the Native
Or contrarily the longest Day being knowne to know the latitude.A Briefe Introduction to Geography
The bulls, contrarily, persist in behaving as if they had inside information of a superior value.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
- (kənˈtrɛərɪlɪ) in a perverse or obstinate manner
- (ˈkɒntrərɪlɪ) on the other hand; from the opposite point of view
- (ˈkɒntrərɪlɪ) in an opposite, adverse, or unexpected way
- opposed in nature, position, etccontrary 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 togetherCompare subcontrary (def. 2), contradictory (def. 3)
- 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
- in an opposite or unexpected waycontrary to usual belief
- in conflict (with) or contravention (of)contrary to nature
Word Origin for contrary
mid-14c., from Anglo-French contrarie, from Latin contrarius "opposite, opposed," from contra "against" (see contra).
If we take the statement All men are mortal, its contrary is Not all men are mortal, its converse is All mortal beings are men, & its opposite is No men are mortal. The contrary, however, does not exclude the opposite, but includes it as its most extreme form. Thus This is white has only one opposite, This is black, but many contraries, as This is not white, This is coloured, This is dirty, This is black; & whether the last form is called the contrary, or more emphatically the opposite, is usually indifferent. But to apply the opposite to a mere contrary (e.g. to I did not hit him in relation to I hit him, which has no opposite), or to the converse (e.g. to He hit me in relation to I hit him, to which it is neither contrary nor opposite), is a looseness that may easily result in misunderstanding; the temptation to go wrong is intelligible when it is remembered that with certain types of sentence (A exceeds B) the converse & the opposite are identical (B exceeds A). [Fowler]
As a noun from late 13c. Related: Contrarily; contrariwise.
see on the contrary; to the contrary.