Definition of contrariness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

contrariness

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//kənˈtreərinəs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtrerinəs//
 
[uncountable](formal, disapproving)
 
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the quality in children of behaving badly or of choosing to do or say the opposite of what is expected