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contrarian

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noun con·trar·i·an \kən-ˈtrer-ē-ən, kän-\

Simple Definition of contrarian

  • : a person who takes an opposite or different position or attitude from other people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of contrarian

  1. :  a person who takes a contrary position or attitude; specifically :  an investor who buys shares of stock when most others are selling and sells when others are buying

contrarian

adjective

contrarianism

play \-ə-ˌniz-əm\ noun

Examples of contrarian in a sentence

  1. As an investor, he's a contrarian, preferring to buy stocks when most people are selling.



Did You Know?

Anyone who thinks that most of what the public believes is wrong would be called a contrarian. And contrarian is a basic term in the vocabulary of investing. In fact, most successful investors often behave like contrarians by "buying low and selling high"—that is, buying stocks that are cheap because most investors put a low value on them but that have the possibility of rising, and selling stocks that most investors are valuing highly but that seem likely to decline. The word may be most common as an adjective; so you may express a contrarian opinion, hold a contrarian view, or pursue a contrarian investment strategy.

1657

First Known Use of contrarian

1657


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