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
4. in an opposing direction
- a contrary wind
Sentences with contrary as an adjective:
- contrary winds
- a contrary disposition; a contrary child
1. a relation of direct opposition
2. exact opposition
- public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty
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.