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Definitions of contrary

  1. in an opposing direction; " adverse currents"; " a contrary wind"
  2. two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false
  3. exact opposition; " public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty"
  4. a relation of direct opposition; " we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"
  5. resistant to guidance or discipline; " Mary Mary quite contrary"; " an obstinate child with a violent temper"; " a perverse mood"; " wayward behavior"
  6. very opposed in nature or character or purpose; " acts contrary to our code of ethics"; " the facts point to a contrary conclusion"
  7. of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false; "` hot' and ` cold' are contrary terms"
  8. Contrarily.
  9. Opposite; in an opposite direction; in opposition; adverse; as, contrary winds.
  10. Opposed; contradictory; repugnant; inconsistent.
  11. Given to opposition; perverse; forward; wayward; as, a contrary disposition; a contrary child.
  12. Affirming the opposite; so opposed as to destroy each other; as, contrary propositions.
  13. A thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities.
  14. An opponent; an enemy.
  15. the opposite; a proposition, fact, or condition incompatible with another; as, slender proofs which rather show the contrary. See Converse, n., 1.
  16. See Contraries.
  17. Opposed; contradictory; opposite in direction; perverse; wayward.
  18. A thing of qualities opposite to those of some other thing; the opposite of some assertion.
  19. Contrariness, contrariety.
  20. Opposite: inconsistent: contradictory.
  21. CONTRARINESS.
  22. Opposite; inconsistent.
  23. That which is contrary.
  24. Opposite; opposing; captious; perverse.
  25. One of two contrary things; the opposite.
  26. Opposite; adverse; contradictory; repugnant or inconsistent.
  27. A thing of opposite qualities; a proposition contrary to another.
  28. Adverse; opposite; contradictory; repugnant; in an opposite direction.
  29. A thing of opposite qualities.

Usage examples for contrary

  1. On the contrary, if I ran, it was evidently because I wished to get away. – The Case of Richard Meynell by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  2. On the contrary, you may help me to hope. – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins
  3. I know of no reason to the contrary. – Barriers Burned Away by E. P. Roe
  4. On the contrary, I heard him tell Miss Moore she " wasn't to forget their dance." – The Lightning Conductor Discovers America by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
  5. " On the contrary," broke in Kennedy, " I shouldn't be surprised to find that it is the light that succeeded." – The Dream Doctor by Arthur B. Reeve
  6. On the contrary, I would there were more like you. – Vendetta A Story of One Forgotten by Marie Corelli
  7. Quite to the contrary, he assured her; I have been deeply interested and concerned in all you have said. – The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic
  8. Here, too, quite the contrary is the case. – The Future of International Law by Lassa Oppenheim
  9. He told me, on the contrary, that it is my duty to do everything in my power to help you. – The Heart of Rome by Francis Marion Crawford
  10. The wind was not contrary; what where they waiting for? – The Billow and the Rock by Harriet Martineau
  11. Beatrice, on the contrary, seemed instantly to take in the spirit of the place. – Dora Thorne by Charlotte M. Braeme
  12. The fire was contrary. – A Poor Man's House by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  13. On the contrary, he rather likes him. – The Sisters-In-Law by Gertrude Atherton
  14. On the contrary I have been happy, quite happy lately. – Superseded by May Sinclair
  15. It is not contrary to fact. – A Knight Of The Nineteenth Century by E. P. Roe
  16. He is just contrary enough for that. – Jewel A Chapter In Her Life by Clara Louise Burnham
  17. I believe just the contrary. – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  18. He appeared, on the contrary, uneasy, nervous, and impatient. – The Living Link by James De Mille
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