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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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Synonyms & Antonyms of contrary (Entry 2 of 2)

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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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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The first known use of contrary was in the 13th century

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“Contrary.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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