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contrary

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1 being as different as possible

  • the other jurors seemed sure the defendant was guilty, but I came to the contrary conclusion
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3 given to resisting authority or another's control

  • the contrary soldier is facing a court-martial for insubordination
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contrary, perverse, restive, balky, wayward mean inclined to resist authority or control. contrary implies a temperamental unwillingness to accept orders or advice.
    • a contrary child
perverse may imply wrongheaded, determined, or cranky opposition to what is reasonable or normal.
    • a perverse, intractable critic
restive suggests unwillingness or inability to submit to discipline or follow orders.
    • tired soldiers growing restive
balky suggests a refusing to proceed in a desired direction or course of action.
    • a balky witness
wayward suggests strong-willed capriciousness and irregularity in behavior.
    • a school for wayward youths

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contrary

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something that is as different as possible from something else

  • the admonition that we should not return hate with hate, but rather with its contrary—love
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