contrary

[k_ˈɒ_n_t_ɹ_ə_ɹ_ˌɪ], [kˈɒntɹəɹˌɪ], [kˈɒntɹəɹˌɪ]

Antonyms for contrary:

complying, corroborative, match, tolerant, servile, courteous, compatible, apropos, kindly, discreet, well-bred, united, long-suffering, harmonious, supporting, law-abiding, obedient, confirming, nonresistant, akin, favourable, amiable, like, slavish, favorable, thoughtful, passive, Vindicating, Trainable, polite, gracious, orderly, biddable, decent, kindred, companion, identical, substantiating, frictionless, proper, synonymous, ruly, germane, governable, Corroborating, obsequious, disciplined, heavenly, respectable, moral, confirmational, nice, grown up, considerate, probative, uncomplaining, angelic, submissive, congenial, essential, good-tempered, resigned, well-disposed, mellow, modest, alike, confirmatory, supportive, Behaved, agreeable, obliging, patient, docile, clean, compliant, deferential, subservient, Tolerating, forbearing, complaisant, manageable, relevant, good-natured, similar, analogous, mate, sweet, decorous, kowtowing, same, conformable, affable, yielding, amenable, equivalent, amicable, mannerly, tractable, correct, acquiescent, controllable, fellow, stoic, unresistant, cooperative, adult, divine, unanimous, corroboratory, pleasant, mature, pertinent, verifying, dutiful, appropriate, respectful, cherubic, genial, Behaving.


Definitions of contrary:

  1.   Opposed; contradictory; repugnant; inconsistent. – Newage Dictionary DB
  2.   Affirming the opposite; so opposed as to destroy each other; as, contrary propositions. – Newage Dictionary DB
  3.   Contrarily. – Newage Dictionary DB
  4.   A thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities. – Newage Dictionary DB
  5.   a relation of direct opposition; " we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true" – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6.   Adverse; opposite; contradictory; repugnant; in an opposite direction. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7.   One of two contrary things; the opposite. – The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8.   Opposed; contradictory; opposite in direction; perverse; wayward. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9.   Opposite; opposing; captious; perverse. – The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10.   Opposite: inconsistent: contradictory. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11.   resistant to guidance or discipline; " Mary Mary quite contrary"; " an obstinate child with a violent temper"; " a perverse mood"; " wayward behavior" – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12.   very opposed in nature or character or purpose; " acts contrary to our code of ethics"; " the facts point to a contrary conclusion" – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13.   Opposite; in an opposite direction; in opposition; adverse; as, contrary winds. – Newage Dictionary DB
  14.   A thing of opposite qualities; a proposition contrary to another. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15.   A thing of opposite qualities. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16.   in an opposing direction; " adverse currents"; " a contrary wind" – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  17.   That which is contrary. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18.   exact opposition; " public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty" – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  19.   CONTRARINESS. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20.   two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21.   Opposite; inconsistent. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22.   Contrariness, contrariety. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  23.   Given to opposition; perverse; forward; wayward; as, a contrary disposition; a contrary child. – Newage Dictionary DB
  24.   A thing of qualities opposite to those of some other thing; the opposite of some assertion. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  25.   the opposite; a proposition, fact, or condition incompatible with another; as, slender proofs which rather show the contrary. See Converse, n., 1. – Newage Dictionary DB
  26.   A thing that is contrary or of opposite qualities. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  27.   An opponent; an enemy. – Newage Dictionary DB
  28.   See Contraries. – Newage Dictionary DB
  29.   Opposite; adverse; contradictory; repugnant or inconsistent. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30.   of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false; "` hot' and ` cold' are contrary terms" – Wordnet Dictionary DB

Quotes for contrary:

  1. No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes. On the contrary whatever the punishment, once a specific crime has appeared for the first time, its reappearance is more likely than its initial emergence could ever have been. – Hannah Arendt
  2. Today we no longer regard the universe as the cause of our own undeserved troubles but perhaps, on the contrary as the last refuge from the mismanagement of our earthly affairs. – Rudolf Arnheim
  3. Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature. – Saint Augustine
  4. Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place. – Frederic Bastiat
  5. Globalization, far from putting an end to power diplomacy between States, has, on the contrary intensified it. – Omar Bongo
  6. If you follow reason far enough it always leads to conclusions that are contrary to reason. – Samuel Butler
  7. Evil borders upon good, and vices are confounded with virtues; as the report of good qualities is delightful to a well -disposed mind, so the relation of the contrary should not be offensive. – Giraldus Cambrensis
  8. Relativism is not indifference; on the contrary passionate indifference is necessary in order for you not to hear the voices that oppose your absolute decrees. – Karel Capek
  9. On the contrary all the world would point to that nation as violating a treaty, by going to war with a country with whom they had engaged to enter into arbitration. – Richard Cobden
  10. What is earnest is not always true; on the contrary error is often more earnest than truth. – Benjamin Disraeli
  11. On the contrary woman is the best equipped fighting machine that ever went to battle. – Richard Le Gallienne
  12. It is not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger. – David Hume
  13. Despite claims by some to the contrary we have heard numerous times in hearings and briefings by experts that existing technologies do not fully or effectively detect nuclear material. – John Linder
  14. Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young. – W. Somerset Maugham
  15. These examples of the lack of simplicity in English and French, all appearances to the contrary could be multiplied almost without limit and apply to all national languages. – Edward Sapir

Usage examples for contrary:

  1. He is just contrary enough for that. ” – Jewel A Chapter In Her Life by Clara Louise Burnham
  2. 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
  3. “ I know of no reason to the contrary – Barriers Burned Away by E. P. Roe
  4. The wind was not contrary what where they waiting for? ” – The Billow and the Rock by Harriet Martineau
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. On the contrary I have been happy, quite happy lately. ” – Superseded by May Sinclair
  8. 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
  9. “ Beatrice, on the contrary seemed instantly to take in the spirit of the place. ” – Dora Thorne by Charlotte M. Braeme
  10. “ I believe just the contrary – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  11. On the contrary I would there were more like you. ” – Vendetta A Story of One Forgotten by Marie Corelli
  12. “ " On the contrary replied Carrados, " people spring these things on me." ” – Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah
  13. He appeared, on the contrary uneasy, nervous, and impatient. ” – The Living Link by James De Mille
  14. It is not contrary to fact. ” – A Knight Of The Nineteenth Century by E. P. Roe
  15. Here, too, quite the contrary is the case. ” – The Future of International Law by Lassa Oppenheim
  16. On the contrary if I ran, it was evidently because I wished to get away. ” – The Case of Richard Meynell by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  17. On the contrary you may help me to hope. ” – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins
  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. On the contrary he rather likes him. ” – The Sisters-In-Law by Gertrude Atherton
  20. The fire was contrary – A Poor Man's House by Stephen Sydney Reynolds

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