Contrary synonyms and antonyms
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Not yielding to treatment, as a disease Contending or acting against; as, antagonistic forces.
In opposition; adverse; unfavorable Belonging or appropriate to an enemy; showing the disposition of an enemy; showing ill will and malevolence, or a desire to thwart and injure; occupied by an enemy or enemies; inimical; unfriendly
Hard to handle, treat, or deal with; intractable
Difficult to operate or start:
The definition of restive is someone who feels nervous when criticized or controlled, or a person or animal that stubbornly refuses to move forward.
(Archaic, of things) Harmful, vexatious.
absonant (Now rare) Discordant; harsh; contrary; unreasonable. [First attested in the mid 16 th century.]
(Geology) of a differing type of rock cutting across a formation
Seemingly full of contradictions
Of, relating to, or characteristic of a rebel or rebellion: Pertaining to antithesis, or opposition of words and sentiments; containing, or of the nature of, antithesis; contrasted.
Coming, said, done, etc. before the usual or expected time; premature
The definition of willful is someone or something that does what they want, or something done on purpose.
Note: Cantankerous is generally used to describe an unpleasant elderly person in a slightly pejorative manner. However, the term can be used to people in general, livestock, and machinery as well.
A thing related in a converse way; the opposite
The definition of obstinate is extremely stubborn and determined to have your own way.
(Linguistics) A difference between units, especially one that distinguishes meaning.
The definition of ambivalent is someone who is uncertain or lacks the ability to make decisions.
Diametrically opposed; exactly opposite.
The definition of averse is having a feeling of distaste or strong opposition.
Striking, or dashing together; fighting; contending; struggling to resist and overcome.
Designating an opposite, a contrary, a difference, etc. that is wholly so; complete
Hard to get along with; quarrelsome
Inclined to make trouble; unruly.
The definition of headstrong is someone who is stubborn, likes things his own way, imposes his opinion or is unyielding in his opinions and beliefs.
Impossible to be held simultaneously by one person:
Of an assertion, that is contradictory or not supported.
Difficult to mold or manipulate:
nonconforming That does not conform, either to the rules of an established church, or to official regulations
Opposite in character, nature, direction, etc.
The definition of repugnant is something that is extremely offensive, contradictory or antagonistic.
Going into effect as of a specified date in the past
Something that is contrary.
Having close resemblance; similar:
Having almost or exactly the same qualities, characteristics, etc.; similar; equal
Having a resemblance in appearance or nature; alike though not identical.
Having similar or conforming feelings, ideas, interests, etc.; in accord
Of the same or similar nature or kind:
Ready to do favors for others; accommodating. Of or relating to an antonym or antonyms.
Not easy to please, satisfy, or manage:
Unacceptable; intolerable: (Semantics) A word which has the opposite meaning of another, although not necessarily in all its senses.
A proposition derived by negating and permuting the terms of another, equivalent proposition; for example, All not-Y is not-X is the contrapositive of All X is Y.
Providing or having to do with support
Given to acting in opposition to others
at-variance-with (related) Synonym Study
implies a stopping short and stubbornly refusing to go on See also syn. study at opposite.
is applied to those who are impatient under restraint or discipline and hence are hard to control or keep in order
implies an unreasonable obstinacy in deviating from what is considered right or acceptable
, in this comparison, implies a habitual willful disinclination to accept orders, advice, etc.
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