from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who takes a contrary view or action, especially an investor who makes decisions that contradict prevailing wisdom, as in buying securities that are unpopular at the time.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a person who expresses a contradicting viewpoint, especially one who denounces the majority persuasion
  • n. a financial investor who tends to have an opinion of market trends at variance with most others

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. taking an opposing view, especially a view opposite to that taken by the majority.
  • n. a person who habitually takes a view opposite to that held by the majority.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an investor who deliberately decides to go against the prevailing wisdom of other investors


c 1660 contrary +‎ -an (Wiktionary)



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