Against All Odds: Contra and Counter – 15 Words

contraband

goods whose trade or possession is prohibited by law

He moonlights as a smuggler, ferrying mail, contraband, and people across the broad Potomac into Virginia.Lincoln’s Last Days: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
contradict

prove negative; show to be false

He also read from a letter that contradicted her claim that she never wanted to return to work again.The Guardian (Jun 5, 2017)
contraindicate

suggest that something (e.g., a treatment) is inadvisable

The drug can also cause seizures and is contraindicated in people with seizure disorders.Forbes (Sep 10, 2014)
contrary

very opposed in nature or character or purpose

Constantly look for contrary evidence and alternative explanations.Slate (Jun 12, 2017)
contrast

the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared

The contrast suggests drastically different choices to some community leaders.Washington Post (Jun 8, 2017)
contravene

go against, as of rules and laws

And by some estimates, as many as two-thirds of those boats engage in fishing that contravenes international or national laws.Seattle Times (Apr 29, 2017)
controversial

marked by or capable of arousing disagreement

It’s still a controversial theory, and more research is needed.Time (Jun 8, 2017)
controversy

a dispute where there is strong disagreement

There is much uncertainty about the interpretation of experimental data and a great deal of controversy surrounding the theories.The Sense of Style
controvert

prove to be false or incorrect

Indeed, replications that confirm previous results typically get less attention than those that controvert them.New York Times (Apr 22, 2013)
counterargument

an opinion offered in opposition to another position

Citations assure the reader that you have engaged with the strongest counterarguments and facts.Slate (Feb 18, 2013)
counterfeit

not genuine; imitating something superior

Police are asking shop owners and customers to be on the lookout for counterfeit bills when exchanging money.Washington Times (May 14, 2017)
counterintuitive

contrary to what common sense would suggest

It seems counterintuitive, but physical activity is a powerful antidote for fatigue.Washington Post (May 12, 2017)
countermand

cancel officially

Lincoln, upon learning of this order, immediately countermanded it.Forbes (Mar 17, 2015)
counterpart

a person or thing having the same function as another

British officials, like their American counterparts, would like to create a digital backdoor to this technology.New York Times (Jun 19, 2017)
encounter

come upon, as if by accident

“Good morning!” he called cheerfully to a woman he encountered on the path.Messenger

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