1 very opposed in nature or character or purpose; "acts contrary to our code of ethics"; "the facts point to a contrary conclusion"
2 of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false; "`hot' and `cold' are contrary terms"
3 resistant to guidance or discipline; "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior" [syn: obstinate, perverse, wayward]
4 in an opposing direction; "adverse currents"; "a contrary wind" [syn: adverse]
1 a relation of direct opposition; "we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true" [syn: reverse, opposite]
2 exact opposition; "public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty"
3 two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false
- opposed in nature
- strongly dissimilar
Contrary may refer to:
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