Contraries
Contraries Con"tra*ries (? or ?; 48), n. pl. [Pl. of {Contrary}, n.] (Logic) Propositions which directly and destructively contradict each other, but of which the falsehood of one does not establish the truth of the other. [1913 Webster]

If two universals differ in quality, they are contraries; as, every vine is a tree; no vine is a tree. These can never be both true together; but they may be both false. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]


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