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Meaning & Definition of Contrary in English

English

Contrary

/kɑntrɛri/

noun

1. A relation of direct opposition

  • "We thought sue was older than bill but just the reverse was true"
    synonym:
  • reverse
  • ,
  • contrary
  • ,
  • opposite

2. Exact opposition

  • "Public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty"
    synonym:
  • contrary

3. A logical relation such that two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false

    synonym:
  • contrary

adjective

1. Very opposed in nature or character or purpose

  • "Acts contrary to our code of ethics"
  • "The facts point to a contrary conclusion"
    synonym:
  • contrary

2. Of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false

  • "`hot' and `cold' are contrary terms"
    synonym:
  • contrary

3. Resistant to guidance or discipline

  • "Mary mary quite contrary"
  • "An obstinate child with a violent temper"
  • "A perverse mood"
  • "Wayward behavior"
    synonym:
  • contrary
  • ,
  • obstinate
  • ,
  • perverse
  • ,
  • wayward

4. In an opposing direction

  • "Adverse currents"
  • "A contrary wind"
    synonym:
  • adverse
  • ,
  • contrary

Examples of using

"Are you done?" "On the contrary, we've just been getting started."
On the contrary, I've never said such a thing.
He's not lazy. On the contrary, I think he's a hard worker.