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Meanings for contrary

something that is opposite from what is believed to be true

reverse, contrary, opposite(noun)

a relation of direct opposition

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

contrary(noun)

exact opposition

"public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty"

contrary(adj)

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

contrary(adj)

very opposed in nature or character or purpose

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

contrary(adj)

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

"`hot' and `cold' are contrary terms"

contrary, obstinate, perverse, wayward(adj)

resistant to guidance or discipline

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

adverse, contrary(adj)

in an opposing direction

"adverse currents"; "a contrary wind"

being as different as possible

the other jurors seemed sure the defendant was guilty, but I came to the contrary conclusion

engaging in or marked by childish misbehavior

a contrary child who wouldn't behave

given to resisting authority or another's control

the contrary soldier is facing a court-martial for insubordination

something that is as different as possible from something else

the admonition that we should not return hate with hate, but rather with its contrary—love

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Example Sentences of contrary

The result was contrary to his expectations.

His response was contrary to our expectations.

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Antonyms for contrary

Contrary in different languages

  • обратен противоположен Bulgarian
  • päinvastainen vastakkainen Finnish
  • contrártha Irish
  • contrario opposto Italian
  • להפךformer Hebrew
  • 反する, 逆Japanese
  • ಮಾರು Kannada
  • tukipoho, tūmūMaori
  • contrar opus Romanian
  • вопреки Russian
  • aksi Turkish
  • навпакиUkrainian

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