Definition of contrary adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

  

contrary2

 adjective
adjective
NAmE//ˈkɑnˌtrɛri//
 
, NAmE//kənˈtrɛri//
 
(formal)(disapproving)
 
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(usually of children) behaving badly; choosing to do or say the opposite of what is expected She was such a contrary child—it was impossible to please her. see also contrary1
NAmE//ˈkɑnˌtrɛrəli//
 
, NAmE//kənˈtrɛrəli//
 
adverb
contrariness
 
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NAmE//ˈkɑnˌtrɛrinəs//
 
, NAmE//kənˈtrɛrinəs//
 
noun [uncountable]
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