contrarian
contrarian con*tra"ri*an, a. [LL. contrarians, p. pr. of contrariare to oppose, fr. L. contrarius: cf. F. contrariant, p. pr. of contrarier to contradict. See {Contrary}.] taking an opposing view, especially a view opposite to that taken by the majority. [PJC]

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  • contrarian — con*tra ri*an, n. [see {contrarian}, a..] a person who habitually takes a view opposite to that held by the majority; as, the contrarians in the stock market prefer to sell when most analysts advise us to buy. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • contrarian — [kän trer′ē ən] n. a person who typically acts or thinks in a way contrary to popular or accepted opinion; specif., an investor who seeks to make a profit by acting in opposition to majority opinion, prevailing wisdom, etc., as by buying a… …   English World dictionary

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  • contrarian — [[t]kəntre͟əriən[/t]] contrarians N COUNT: oft N n A contrarian is a person who deliberately behaves in a way that is different from the people around them. [FORMAL] He is by nature a contrarian. ...the young contrarian intellectual …   English dictionary

  • Contrarian — An investment style that goes against prevailing market trends by buying assets that are performing poorly and then selling when they perform well. A contrarian investor believes that the people who say the market is going up do so only when they …   Investment dictionary

  • contrarian — noun Date: 1657 a person who takes a contrary position or attitude; specifically an investor who buys shares of stock when most others are selling and sells when others are buying • contrarian adjective • contrarianism noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • contrarian —  Investor whose ideas are often opposite those of the majority of investors.  ► “The Dogs of the Dow, which are the 10 stocks with the highest dividend yields in the DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE as of December 31, 1994, have returned a collective …   American business jargon

  • contrarian — /keuhn trair ee euhn/, n. a person who takes an opposing view, esp. one who rejects the majority opinion, as in economic matters. [CONTR(ARY) + ARIAN] * * * …   Universalium

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