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CONTRARY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contrary mean? 

CONTRARY (noun)
  The noun CONTRARY has 3 senses:

1. a relation of direct opposition
2. exact opposition
3. a logical relation such that two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false

  Familiarity information: CONTRARY used as a noun is uncommon.


CONTRARY (adjective)
  The adjective CONTRARY has 4 senses:

1. very opposed in nature or character or purpose
2. of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false
3. resistant to guidance or discipline
4. in an opposing direction

  Familiarity information: CONTRARY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONTRARY (noun)


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Meaning:

A relation of direct opposition

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Synonyms:

contrary; reverse; opposite

Context example:

we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true

Hypernyms ("contrary" is a kind of...):

oppositeness; opposition (the relation between opposed entities)


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Meaning:

Exact opposition

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Context example:

public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty

Hypernyms ("contrary" is a kind of...):

oppositeness; opposition (the relation between opposed entities)


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Meaning:

A logical relation such that two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Hypernyms ("contrary" is a kind of...):

logical relation (a relation between propositions)


CONTRARY (adjective)


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Meaning:

Very opposed in nature or character or purpose

Context examples:

acts contrary to our code of ethics / the facts point to a contrary conclusion

Similar:

different (unlike in nature or quality or form or degree)


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Meaning:

Of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false

Context example:

'hot' and 'cold' are contrary terms

Similar:

antonymous (of words: having opposite meanings)


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Meaning:

Resistant to guidance or discipline

Synonyms:

wayward; perverse; contrary; obstinate

Context examples:

Mary Mary quite contrary / an obstinate child with a violent temper / a perverse mood / wayward behavior

Similar:

disobedient (not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority)


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Meaning:

In an opposing direction

Synonyms:

adverse; contrary

Context examples:

adverse currents / a contrary wind

Similar:

unfavorable; unfavourable ((of winds or weather) tending to hinder or oppose)


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