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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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Completely opposite.

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Used as an adverb, listen here, it means: Completely opposite. Used as an adjective, listen here, it means: Perverse; stubbornly opposed or willful.

Usage examples (40)
  • contrary to general belief, an artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.
  • Mary Mary quite contrary
  • `hot' and `cold' are contrary terms
  • Acts contrary to our code of ethics for more
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