(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. contrary, stubborn, perverse, mulish; see contrary 4 , obstinate 1 .
See Synonym Study at contrary .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
stubborn, contrary, resisting, resistant, obstinate, mulish, intractable, ornery, unruly.
ANT.: cooperative, tractable
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Given to acting in opposition to others: contrarious, contrary, difficult, froward, impossible, ornery, perverse, wayward. See ATTITUDE, SUPPORT.

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