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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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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.
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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.
A 1972 earthquake that leveled Managua and killed 10,000; the brutal kleptocracy of Anastasio Somoza; the Sandinista Revolution; the Contra War; tsunamis and hurricanes--all these Nicaraguans have already endured.
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.
military support for the contras in the 1980s would object to similar support for the KLA in the 1990s.
Ceppos elaborated on a primary assertion of the series, that a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold cocaine in South Central Los Angeles then funneled profits to the Contras for the better part of a decade.
Perhaps the most interesting example of this involves the Nicaraguan contras, the CIA-financed rebels who militarily opposed the Sandinista regime in Managua during the 1980s.
Over time, according to the Washington Office on Latin America, Alvarez began using the contras in his own "private" security force, dubbed Battalion 3-16.
Perhaps most distressing of all is Bradley's record as an on-again, off-again supporter of the contras.