Adjective: contrary 'kón,treh-ree [N. Amer], 'kón-tru-ree [Brit]
Noun: contrary 'kón,treh-ree [N. Amer], 'kón-tru-ree [Brit]
- Very opposed in nature, character or purpose
"acts contrary to our code of ethics"; "the facts point to a contrary conclusion"
- Of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false
"'hot' and 'cold' are contrary terms"
- In an opposing direction
"a contrary wind";
Adjective: contrary kun'treh-ree
- A relation of direct opposition
- reverse, opposite
- Exact opposition
"public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty"
- A logical relation such that two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false
- Resistant to guidance or discipline; tending to do the opposite of what is normal or wanted
"Mary Mary quite contrary";
- obstinate, perverse, wayward
Derived forms: contraries
See also: antonymous, different, disobedient, unfavorable [US], unfavourable [Brit, Cdn]
Type of: logical relation, oppositeness, opposition