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  3  definitions  found 
 
  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 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contrary  \Con"tra*ry\  (?  or  ?;  48),  a.  [OE.  contrarie, 
  contraire  F.  contraire  fr  L.  contrarius,  fr  contra.  See 
  {Contra-}.] 
  1.  Opposite;  in  an  opposite  direction;  in  opposition; 
  adverse;  as  contrary  winds. 
 
  And  if  ye  walk  contrary  unto  me  and  will  not 
  hearken  unto  me  --Lev.  xxvi. 
  21. 
 
  We  have  lost  our  labor;  they  are  gone  a  contrary 
  way  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Opposed;  contradictory;  repugnant;  inconsistent. 
 
  Fame,  if  not  double-faced,  is  double  mouthed,  And 
  with  contrary  blast  proclaims  most  deeds.  --Milton. 
 
  The  doctrine  of  the  earth's  motion  appeared  to  be 
  contrary  to  the  sacred  Scripture.  --Whewell. 
 
  3.  Given  to  opposition;  perverse;  forward;  wayward;  as  a 
  contrary  disposition;  a  contrary  child. 
 
  4.  (Logic)  Affirming  the  opposite;  so  opposed  as  to  destroy 
  each  other  as  contrary  propositions. 
 
  {Contrary  motion}  (Mus.),  the  progression  of  parts  in 
  opposite  directions,  one  ascending,  the  other  descending. 
 
  Syn:  Adverse;  repugnant;  hostile;  inimical;  discordant; 
  inconsistent. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  contrary 
  adj  1:  very  opposed  in  nature  or  character  or  purpose;  "acts 
  contrary  to  our  code  of  ethics";  "the  facts  point  to  a 
  contrary  conclusion" 
  2:  of  words  so  related  that  both  cannot  be  true  but  both  may  be 
  false;  "`hot'  and  `cold'  are  contrary  terms" 
  3:  resistant  to  guidance  or  discipline;  "Mary  Mary  quite 
  contrary";  "an  obstinate  child  with  a  violent  temper";  "a 
  perverse  mood";  "wayward  behavior"  [syn:  {obstinate},  {perverse}, 
  {wayward}] 
  4:  in  an  opposing  direction;  "adverse  currents";  "a  contrary 
  wind"  [syn:  {adverse}] 
  n  1:  a  relation  of  direct  opposition;  "we  thought  Sue  was  older 
  than  Bill  but  just  the  reverse  was  true"  [syn:  {reverse}, 
  {opposite}] 
  2:  exact  opposition;  "public  opinion  to  the  contrary  he  is  not 
  guilty" 
  3:  two  propositions  are  contraries  if  both  cannot  be  true  but 
  both  can  be  false 




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