contrary


contrary
contrary [kän′trer΄ē; ] for adj.4, often [ kən trer′ē]
adj.
[ME contrarie < OFr contraire < L contrarius, opposite, opposed < contra, against]
1. opposed; in opposition [contrary to the rules]
2. opposite in nature, order, direction, etc.; altogether different
3. unfavorable [contrary winds]
4. inclined to oppose or disagree stubbornly; perverse
n.
pl. contraries
1. the opposite; thing that is the opposite of another
2. Logic either of two propositions so related that only one can be true but both may be false: see CONTRADICTORY (n. 2)
adv.
in a contrary way; contrariwise
SYN.- OPPOSITE
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by contraries
Archaic contrary to what is expected
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on the contrary
as opposed to what has been said
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to the contrary
to the opposite effect; in reversal of what is stated
contrarily [kän′trer΄ə lē, kən trer′ə lē]
adv.
contrariness
n.
SYN.- CONTRARY, in this comparison, implies a habitual disinclination to accept orders, advice, etc.; PERVERSE implies an unreasonable obstinacy in deviating from what is considered right or acceptable; RESTIVE is applied to persons who are impatient under restraint or discipline and hence are hard to control or keep in order; BALKY implies a stopping short and stubbornly refusing to go on

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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