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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 con·trary /ˈkɑnˌtrɛri/
 (a.)相反的,矛盾的,對抗的U反面,相反;C相反的事物

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·tra·ry, n.; pl. Contraries
 1. A thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities.
 No contraries hold more antipathy
 Than I and such a knave.   --Shak.
 2. An opponent; an enemy. [Obs.]
 3. the opposite; a proposition, fact, or condition incompatible with another; as, slender proofs which rather show the contrary. See Converse, n., 1.
 4. Logic See Contraries.
 On the contrary, in opposition; on the other hand. --Swift.
 To the contrary, to an opposite purpose or intent; on the other side. “They did it, not for want of instruction to the contrary.” --Bp. Stillingfleet.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·tra·ry a.
 1. Opposite; in an opposite direction; in opposition; adverse; as, contrary winds.
    And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me.   --Lev. xxvi. 21.
    We have lost our labor; they are gone a contrary way.   --Shak.
 2. Opposed; contradictory; repugnant; inconsistent.
 Fame, if not double-faced, is double mouthed,
 And with contrary blast proclaims most deeds.   --Milton.
    The doctrine of the earth's motion appeared to be contrary to the sacred Scripture.   --Whewell.
 3. Given to opposition; perverse; forward; wayward; as, a contrary disposition; a contrary child.
 4. Logic Affirming the opposite; so opposed as to destroy each other; as, contrary propositions.
 Contrary motion Mus., the progression of parts in opposite directions, one ascending, the other descending.
 Syn: -- Adverse; repugnant; hostile; inimical; discordant; inconsistent.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·tra·ry, v. t.  To contradict or oppose; to thwart. [Obs.]
    I was advised not to contrary the king.   --Bp. Latimer.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 contrary
      adj 1: very opposed in nature or character or purpose; "acts
             contrary to our code of ethics"; "the facts point to a
             contrary conclusion"
      2: of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true
         but both may be false; "`hot' and `cold' are contrary
         terms"
      3: resistant to guidance or discipline; "Mary Mary quite
         contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a
         perverse mood"; "wayward behavior" [syn: obstinate, perverse,
          wayward]
      4: in an opposing direction; "adverse currents"; "a contrary
         wind" [syn: adverse]
      n 1: a relation of direct opposition; "we thought Sue was older
           than Bill but just the reverse was true" [syn: reverse,
            opposite]
      2: exact opposition; "public opinion to the contrary he is not
         guilty"
      3: two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but
         both can be false