- 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 different3. unfavorable [contrary winds]4. inclined to oppose or disagree stubbornly; perversen.pl. contraries1. the opposite; thing that is the opposite of another2. 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; contrariwiseSYN.- OPPOSITE——————by contrariesArchaic contrary to what is expected——————on the contraryas opposed to what has been said——————to the contraryto the opposite effect; in reversal of what is statedcontrarily [kän′trer΄ə lē, kən trer′ə lē]adv.contrarinessn.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. V. Neufeldt. 2014.