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contraries


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contraries  \Con"tra*ries\  (?  or  ?;  48),  n.  pl  [Pl.  of 
  {Contrary},  n.]  (Logic) 
  Propositions  which  directly  and  destructively  contradict  each 
  other  but  of  which  the  falsehood  of  one  does  not  establish 
  the  truth  of  the  other 
 
  If  two  universals  differ  in  quality,  they  are 
  contraries;  as  every  vine  is  a  tree;  no  vine  is  a 
  tree.  These  can  never  be  both  true  together;  but  they 
  may  be  both  false.  --I.  Watts. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contrary  \Con"tra*ry\,  n.;  pl  {Contraries}. 
  1.  A  thing  that  is  of  contrary  or  opposite  qualities. 
 
  No  contraries  hold  more  antipathy  Than  I  and  such  a 
  knave.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  An  opponent;  an  enemy.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  3.  the  opposite;  a  proposition,  fact  or  condition 
  incompatible  with  another;  as  slender  proofs  which  rather 
  show  the  contrary.  See  {Converse},  n.,  1.  --Locke. 
 
  4.  (Logic)  See  {Contraries}. 
 
  {On  the  contrary},  in  opposition;  on  the  other  hand.  --Swift. 
 
  {To  the  contrary},  to  an  opposite  purpose  or  intent;  on  the 
  other  side  ``They  did  it  not  for  want  of  instruction  to 
  the  contrary.''  --Bp.  Stillingfleet 




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