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Meaning of contrary

con•trar•y

Pronunciation: (kon'trer-ē for 5 also k&schwan-trâr'ē), [key]
— adj., n., pl. adv., -trar•ies,
—adj.
  1. opposite in nature or character; diametrically or mutually opposed: contrary to fact; contrary propositions.
  2. opposite in direction or position: departures in contrary directions.
  3. being the opposite one of two: I will make the contrary choice.
  4. unfavorable or adverse.
  5. perverse; stubbornly opposed or willful.
—n.
  1. something that is contrary or opposite: to prove the contrary of a statement.
  2. either of two contrary things.
  3. a proposition so related to another proposition that both may not be true though both may be false, as with the propositions “All judges are male” and “No judges are male.”
  4. contrary to expectation.
  5. On the contrary, there may be some who would agree with you.
    1. in opposition to what has been stated.
    2. from another point of view:On the contrary, there may be some who would agree with you.
  6. I believe he is innocent, whatever they may say to the contrary.
    1. to the opposite effect:I believe he is innocent, whatever they may say to the contrary.
    2. to a different effect.
—adv.
  1. in opposition; oppositely; counter: to act contrary to one's own principles.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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