**Sub*con"tra*ry** (?), a.

**1.**

Contrary in an inferior degree.

**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.*

**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.

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**Sub*con"tra*ry**, n.; pl. Subcontraries (). Logic

A subcontrary proposition; a proposition inferior or contrary in a lower degree.

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