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Synonyms for contrary

Noun

1. reverse, contrary, opposite, opposition, oppositeness
usage: a relation of direct opposition; "we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"
2. contrary, opposition, oppositeness
usage: exact opposition; "public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty"
3. contrary, logical relation
usage: a logical relation such that two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false

Adjective

1. contrary, different (vs. same)
usage: very opposed in nature or character or purpose; "acts contrary to our code of ethics"; "the facts point to a contrary conclusion"
2. contrary, antonymous (vs. synonymous)
usage: of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false; "`hot' and `cold' are contrary terms"
3. contrary, obstinate, perverse, wayward, disobedient (vs. obedient)
usage: resistant to guidance or discipline; "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior"
4. adverse, contrary, unfavorable (vs. favorable), unfavourable
usage: in an opposing direction; "adverse currents"; "a contrary wind"
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