(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


1. very opposed in nature or character or purpose

- acts contrary to our code of ethics

- the facts point to a contrary conclusion

Similar word(s): different

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

- `hot' and `cold' are contrary terms

Similar word(s): antonymous

3. resistant to guidance or discipline

- Mary Mary quite contrary

Similar word(s): disobedient, obstinate, perverse, wayward

4. in an opposing direction

- a contrary wind

Similar word(s): unfavorable, unfavourable, adverse

Sentences with contrary as an adjective:

- contrary winds

- a contrary disposition; a contrary child


1. Contrarily


1. a relation of direct opposition

Similar word(s): opposite, reverse

Definition categories: link, oppositeness, opposition

2. exact opposition

- public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty

Definition categories: link, oppositeness, opposition

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

Definition categories: link


1. (obsolete) To oppose; to frustrate.

2. (obsolete) To impugn.

3. (obsolete) To contradict (someone or something).

4. (obsolete) To do the opposite of (someone or something).

5. (obsolete) To act inconsistently or perversely; to act in opposition to.

6. (obsolete) To argue; to debate; to uphold an opposite opinion.

7. (obsolete) To be self-contradictory; to become reversed.