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Contra

Against; conflicting; opposite.

A contra-balance is the amount in an account of a creditor that is the opposite of the usual balance of such an account. It is an account receivable (a debt owed to the creditor) but with a credit balance (an amount owed to the debtor greater than what is owed to the creditor). The creditor therefore owes the debtor money, the opposite of the normal debtor-creditor relationship.

contra

adj. Latin for against or opposite to. This usage is usually found in legal writing in statements like: "The decision in the case of Hammerhead v. Nail is contra to the rule stated in Keeler v. Beach."

contra

adverb adverse to, against, con, contrarily, contrariwise, contrawise, conversely, counter, in conflict with, in contrast to, in opposition to, inversely, loathe to, on the contrary, on the other hand, opposed to, opposite, oppositely, otherwise, per contra, quite the contrary, to the contrary, vice versa, versus

contra

noun antipode, antithesis, antonym, converse, counter, extreme, inverse, obverse, offset, opposite, reverse, the other side

contra

preposition adverse to, against, at cross purroses, athwart, contrariwise, counter, in conflict with, in opposition to, opposed to, opposite to, over against, versus, vis-à-vis

contra

‘against’.

CONTRA. Over; against; opposite to anything: as, such a case lays down a certain principle; such other case, contra.

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Duterte, the pros minus contras on RevGov are 20 - 41 = net -22.
Nightlife options have expanded in Park Slope, as Brooklyn Contra doubles its dance series nights this spring, now offering two evenings every month where you can "swing your partner" and "do-si-do" to the latest live acoustic bands.
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Here's an unusual recipe for world peace: "If more people contra danced, there would be less war," says Steve Goldman, a new resident of Eugene who chose his hometown-to-be in part because of its devotion to the art form.
Her parents somehow got away to the safety of a trench, only to hear the Contras in the near distance torturing their daughter, whose screams they recognized.
John Negroponte was US Ambassador to Honduras and facilitated a clandestine quid pro quo deal, under which the Reagan Administration sent aid to Honduras in return for Honduran assistance to the contras, at a time when Congress had banned the Administration from assisting the contras.
One gets the impression that Radosh didn't merely want people on the left to attack the Sandinistas; he wanted them to adopt his own critique, including his support for the contras.
More broadly, Reagan was conserving his mental resources for the things that mattered, he said: ``rescue of the hostages in Lebanon, Contra aid, strategic defense, abolition of nuclear weapons, moral warfare against communism and continued restoration of the national spirit.
The cash Ross paid for the cocaine, court records show, was then used to buy weapons and equipment for a guerrilla army named the Nicaraguan Democratic Force or FDN, the largest of several anticommunist groups commonly called the Contras.
Clearly, Alvarez Martinez and his cronies were knee-deep in the cocaine trade as well--a little fact reported by Christopher Dickey in his deeply disturbing book, With the Contras.
In a caper reminiscent of the Reagan Administration's solicitation of funds for the contras, the United States managed to get Saudi Arabia, Brunei, Malaysia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates to pony up more than one-fourth of the cost of the Bosnian military contract.
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