1. A Latin adverb and preposition, signifying against, contrary, opposite (contradict), entering as a prefix into the composition of many English words.

2. <music> In relation to musical instruments: pitched an octave below (contrabassoon).

See: counter-.

Compare: anti-.

Origin: Latin contra 'against'.

(05 Feb 2009)

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