- contrary ► ADJECTIVE 1) opposite in nature, direction, or meaning. 2) (of two or more statements, beliefs, etc.) opposed to one another. 3) perversely inclined to do the opposite of what is expected or desired.► NOUN (the contrary) ▪ the opposite.● to the contrary — Cf. ↑to the contraryDERIVATIVES contrarily adverb contrariness noun.ORIGIN Latin contrarius, from contra 'against' .
English terms dictionary. 2015.