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Definition of Contrary

Contrary

  1. Opposite; in an opposite direction; in opposition; adverse; as, contrary winds.
  2. Opposed; contradictory; repugnant; inconsistent.
  3. Given to opposition; perverse; forward; wayward; as, a contrary disposition; a contrary child.
  4. Affirming the opposite; so opposed as to destroy each other; as, contrary propositions.
  5. A thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities.
  6. An opponent; an enemy.
  7. the opposite; a proposition, fact, or condition incompatible with another; as, slender proofs which rather show the contrary. See Converse, n., 1.
  8. See Contraries.

Contrary Quotations

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.
Peter Marshall

May I say, finally, that I have no illusions of grandeur; quite to the contrary, I am very humble in my knowledge that through forty years of my life my life has been an open book of service to my fellow architects and for the public good.
Ralph Thomas Walker

There are two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery.
Enrico Fermi

Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.
Frederic Bastiat

Contrary to popular opinion, the hustle is not a new dance step - it is an old business procedure.
Fran Lebowitz
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Contrary Translations

contrary in Afrikaans is teenoorgesteld
contrary in Danish is modsat
contrary in Dutch is tegengesteld, strijdig, tegenliggend
contrary in German is entgegengesetzt, zuwider
contrary in Hungarian is nyakas, akaratos
contrary in Latin is contrarius
contrary in Norwegian is motsatt
contrary in Swedish is trilsk, motsatt
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