Subcontrary
Subcontrary Sub*con"tra*ry, a. 1. Contrary in an inferior degree. [1913 Webster]

2. (Geom.) Having, or being in, a contrary order; -- said of a section of an oblique cone having a circular base made by a plane not parallel to the base, but so inclined to the axis that the section is a circle; applied also to two similar triangles when so placed as to have a common angle at the vertex, the opposite sides not being parallel. --Brande & C. [1913 Webster]

3. (Logic) Denoting the relation of opposition between the particular affirmative and particular negative. Of these both may be true and only one can be false. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Subcontrary — Sub*con tra*ry, n.; pl. {Subcontraries}. (Logic) A subcontrary proposition; a proposition inferior or contrary in a lower degree. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • subcontrary — [sub kän′trer΄ē] n. pl. subcontraries Logic either of two propositions so related that both can be true but both cannot be false …   English World dictionary

  • subcontrary — noun Date: 1685 a proposition so related to another that though both may be true they cannot both be false • subcontrary adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • subcontrary — /sub kon trer ee/, n., pl. subcontraries. Logic. one of two propositions that can both be true but cannot both be false. [1595 1605; < ML subcontrarius, LL (see SUB , CONTRARY), orig. as trans. of Gk hypenantíos] * * * …   Universalium

  • subcontrary — noun Either of a pair of propositions at least one of which must be true …   Wiktionary

  • subcontrary — [sʌb kɒntrəri] adjective Logic, dated denoting propositions which can both be true, but cannot both be false …   English new terms dictionary

  • subcontrary — sub·contrary …   English syllables

  • subcontrary — sub•con•tra•ry [[t]sʌbˈkɒn trɛr i[/t]] n. pl. ries cvb pho one of two propositions in logic that can both be true but cannot both be false • Etymology: 1595–1605; < ML subcontrārius sub con•tra•ri′e•ty trəˈraɪ ɪ ti n …   From formal English to slang

  • subcontrary — /sʌbˈkɒntrəri/ (say sub kontruhree) Logic –adjective 1. relating to the relation between any two propositions, both of which may be true, but only one of which can be false. –noun 2. any such proposition …   Australian English dictionary

  • subcontrary — adj. & n. Logic adj. (of a proposition) incapable of being false at the same time as another. n. (pl. ies) such a proposition. Etymology: LL subcontrarius (as SUB , CONTRARY), transl. Gk hupenantios …   Useful english dictionary

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