Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun contrary

3 senses of contrary

Sense 1
reverse, contrary, opposite -- (a relation of direct opposition; "we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true")
       => opposition, oppositeness -- (the relation between opposed entities)

Sense 2
contrary -- (exact opposition; "public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty")
       => opposition, oppositeness -- (the relation between opposed entities)

Sense 3
contrary -- (a logical relation such that two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false)
       => logical relation -- (a relation between propositions)

Antonyms of adj contrary

4 senses of contrary

Sense 1
contrary -- (very opposed in nature or character or purpose; "acts contrary to our code of ethics"; "the facts point to a contrary conclusion")

INDIRECT (VIA different) -> same -- (closely similar or comparable in kind or quality or quantity or degree; "curtains the same color as the walls"; "two girls of the same age"; "mother and son have the same blue eyes"; "animals of the same species"; "the same rules as before"; "two boxes having the same dimensions"; "the same day next year")

Sense 2
contrary -- (of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false; "`hot' and `cold' are contrary terms")

INDIRECT (VIA antonymous) -> synonymous -- ((of words) meaning the same or nearly the same)

Sense 3
contrary, obstinate, perverse, wayward -- (resistant to guidance or discipline; "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior")

INDIRECT (VIA disobedient) -> obedient -- (dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority; "an obedient soldier"; "obedient children"; "a little man obedient to his wife"; "the obedient colonies...are heavily taxed; the refractory remain unburdened"- Edmund Burke)

Sense 4
adverse, contrary -- (in an opposing direction; "adverse currents"; "a contrary wind")

INDIRECT (VIA unfavorable) -> favorable, favourable -- ((of winds or weather) tending to promote or facilitate; "the days were fair and the winds were favorable")

Similarity of adj contrary

4 senses of contrary

Sense 1
contrary -- (very opposed in nature or character or purpose; "acts contrary to our code of ethics"; "the facts point to a contrary conclusion")
       => different (vs. same) -- (unlike in nature or quality or form or degree; "took different approaches to the problem"; "came to a different conclusion"; "different parts of the country"; "on different sides of the issue"; "this meeting was different from the earlier one")

Sense 2
contrary -- (of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false; "`hot' and `cold' are contrary terms")
       => antonymous (vs. synonymous) -- (of words: having opposite meanings)

Sense 3
contrary, obstinate, perverse, wayward -- (resistant to guidance or discipline; "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior")
       => disobedient (vs. obedient) -- (not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority; "disobedient children")

Sense 4
adverse, contrary -- (in an opposing direction; "adverse currents"; "a contrary wind")
       => unfavorable (vs. favorable), unfavourable -- ((of winds or weather) tending to hinder or oppose; "unfavorable winds")

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