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contra

preposition con·tra \ ˈkän-trə \

Definition of contra

1 :against used chiefly in the phrase pro and contra
2 :in opposition or contrast to

Examples of contra in a Sentence

  1. a roundup of editorials pro and contra the proposed constitutional amendment

Origin and Etymology of contra

Middle English, from Latin

contra Synonyms

Synonyms
against, agin [dialect], anti
Antonyms
for, pro
Related Words
athwart, contrary to; versus, with

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contra

noun con·tra \ ˈkän-trə , ˈkōn- , -ˌträ \

Definition of contra

:a member of a guerrilla group opposed to the Sandinista government in Nicaragua in the 1980s

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Origin and Etymology of contra

American Spanish, short for contrarrevolucionario counterrevolutionary


contra-

prefix

Definition of contra-

1 :against :contrary :contrasting
  • contradistinction
2 :pitched below normal bass
  • contrabassoon

Origin and Etymology of contra-

Middle English, from Latin, from contra against, opposite — more at counter


CONTRA Defined for Kids

contra-

prefix

Definition of contra- for Students

1 :against :contrary :contrasting
  • contradiction
2 :pitched below normal bass

Law Dictionary

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contra

preposition con·tra \ ˈkän-trə \

legal Definition of contra

:in opposition or contrast to

Origin and Etymology of contra

Latin


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contra

adjective

legal Definition of contra

:placed or set in opposition
  • contra parties

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