Definition of Contrary


  • a logical relation such that two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false
  • exact opposition
    "public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty"
  • a relation of direct opposition
    "we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"


  • in an opposing direction
    "adverse currents"
    "a contrary wind"
  • resistant to guidance or discipline
    "Mary Mary quite contrary"
    "an obstinate child with a violent temper"
    "a perverse mood"
    "wayward behavior"
  • of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false
    "`hot' and `cold' are contrary terms"
  • very opposed in nature or character or purpose
    "acts contrary to our code of ethics"
    "the facts point to a contrary conclusion"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

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Unscramble contrary

158 unscramble word found using the letters contrary.

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