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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. A thing that is contrary or of opposite qualities.
  22. CONTRARINESS.
  23. Opposite; inconsistent.
  24. That which is contrary.
  25. Opposite; opposing; captious; perverse.
  26. One of two contrary things; the opposite.
  27. Opposite; adverse; contradictory; repugnant or inconsistent.
  28. A thing of opposite qualities; a proposition contrary to another.
  29. Adverse; opposite; contradictory; repugnant; in an opposite direction.
  30. A thing of opposite qualities.
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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. I know of no reason to the contrary. – Barriers Burned Away by E. P. Roe
  3. Here, too, quite the contrary is the case. – The Future of International Law by Lassa Oppenheim
  4. Beatrice, on the contrary, seemed instantly to take in the spirit of the place. – Dora Thorne by Charlotte M. Braeme
  5. It is not contrary to fact. – A Knight Of The Nineteenth Century by E. P. Roe
  6. He appeared, on the contrary, uneasy, nervous, and impatient. – The Living Link by James De Mille
  7. The fire was contrary. – A Poor Man's House by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  8. On the contrary, I want you as calmly as possible to give me a little information about yourself. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. I believe just the contrary. – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  12. 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
  13. He is just contrary enough for that. – Jewel A Chapter In Her Life by Clara Louise Burnham
  14. " On the contrary," replied Carrados, " people spring these things on me." – Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah
  15. On the contrary, I would there were more like you. – Vendetta A Story of One Forgotten by Marie Corelli
  16. On the contrary, he rather likes him. – The Sisters-In-Law by Gertrude Atherton
  17. On the contrary I have been happy, quite happy lately. – Superseded by May Sinclair
  18. " 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
  19. The wind was not contrary; what where they waiting for? – The Billow and the Rock by Harriet Martineau
  20. On the contrary, you may help me to hope. – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins
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