contrary

Use contrary when two things are exactly opposite or entirely different. If something is contrary to something else, it is opposed to or against it.

A contrary child is one who opposes people in authority. As a noun, the contrary means the opposite, as in "We will not give up; on the contrary, we will fight with all our power." The adjective contrary derives from Latin contrarius ("opposite, opposed") from contra ("against").

Definitions of contrary
  1. noun
    exact opposition
    “public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty”
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    type of:
    oppositeness, opposition
    the relation between opposed entities
  2. noun
    a relation of direct opposition
    synonyms: opposite, reverse
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    type of:
    oppositeness, opposition
    the relation between opposed entities
  3. noun
    a logical relation such that two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false
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    type of:
    logical relation
    a relation between propositions
  4. adjective
    in an opposing direction
    “a contrary wind”
    synonyms: adverse
    unfavorable, unfavourable
    (of winds or weather) tending to hinder or oppose
  5. adjective
    very opposed in nature or character or purpose
    “acts contrary to our code of ethics”
    “the facts point to a contrary conclusion”
    Synonyms:
    different
    unlike in nature, quality, form, or degree
  6. adjective
    resistant to guidance or discipline
    “Mary Mary quite contrary
    synonyms: obstinate, perverse, wayward
    disobedient
    not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority
  7. adjective
    of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false
    “`hot' and `cold' are contrary terms”
    Synonyms:
    antonymous
    of words: having opposite meanings
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