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See also: contraposé



Back-formation from contraposition.


contrapose (third-person singular simple present contraposes, present participle contraposing, simple past and past participle contraposed)

  1. (transitive, logic) To place in contraposition.
    • 2005, Robert Malcolm Murray & ‎Nebojsa Kujundzic, Critical Reflection: A Textbook for Critical Thinking, →ISBN, page 214:
      We certainly do not want to take our simple categorical statements and contrapose them into cumbersome natural language.
    • 2006, Philosophy of Psychology and Cognitive Science, →ISBN, page 461:
      To contrapose an argument one swaps the conclusion with any one of the premisses and negates each of the swapped statements.
    • 2015, Ernest Sosa, Judgment and Agency, →ISBN, page 120:
      But subjunctive conditionals do not contrapose, and we are misled into accepting a sensitivity condition by confusing it with a safety condition.
  2. (intransitive) To contrast with, or form an opposite to, something.
    • 1999, Richard Lentz, Symbols, the News Magazines, and Martin Luther King, →ISBN, page 119:
      At such moments, King was contraposed against the more frightening threat, his symbolism making the radicalism of the other party all the more apparent.
    • 2004, Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, Does the World Exist?: Plurisignificant Ciphering of Reality, →ISBN:
      In fact, whereas the term existence is contraposed to non-existence, the term factual or empirical is contraposed to essential;






  1. first-person singular present indicative of contraposer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of contraposer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of contraposer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of contraposer
  5. second-person singular imperative of contraposer